My computer has been released from its hold within the wicked depths and so now we may play the songs of mad dreamers once more! Behold! A NEW METAL MONDAY!
Regardless of how much enthusiasm that may seem to have, I am quite exhausted. Tired from waiting on things to return or be received and of chasing my own wild desires. Having stumbled onto yet another astounding album (this time a split between two giants) I found myself at a loss when Bandcamp revealed none of SAD's albums (though DOMOS's portion is within their hallowed halls). So, what did I do? You're damn right I hired an orphan down the street to sneak aboard a boat and find me a copy somewhere in Greece. Well, needless to say, I haven't heard from the orphan so I used a more crude method and ordered a physical copy online.
Guided By The Chants From The Other Side by SAD/DOMOS. First off, this album art has been my phone background for a few weeks now and I still do not tire of it (plus I am a sucker for nautical stuff). Hooking me immediately, the first half is by SAD and leads with a track called The Rape Of Innocence. Suprisingly, I found the second track, To Flee From Mundane Thoughts, equally as impressive. Imious leads after and SAD's half is finished with Old Wounds. Riveting, haunting, and alluring, SAD has earned a sound place within my collections halls.
The second half is ruled by the Colombian born DOMOS and I must say I was so consumed by SAD that I had not considered the prowess of DOMOS... and oh, how I was surprised. A Prophecy, A Mystical Road is the first track and it tears off with slick guitar work and harsh vocals. Portal of Ethereal Whispers shreds into existence before kicking off into a stellar piece. Eternal Damnation is up next and begins more brooding though keeping up the pace DOMOS brings. Yet, as they say, they saved the best for last for Blood Sacrifice has actually become my favorite track on the entire album. Give it a listen compared to the others and I know you understand why I found it so mighty and enthralling.
This whole purchase and journey has been a wild ride, allowing a random pick on a whim to grow and call to me, finding a well versed artist unknown to me until now, SAD, and another I had not expected but wholly appreciate, DOMOS. As for a split album, this has to be one of my favorites. I love the split with Amiensus and Oak Pantheon (because A Demonstration is awesome!) while I also really enjoyed the Ramihrdus and Decarabia split for a whole different atmosphere. These works are good partnerships to strengthen the musicians as well as increase exposure for some I may not have known. Also, a split is a double feature and this kinda makes up for missing last weeks Metal Monday so... ENJOY! /,,/
Oak Pantheon/Amiensus Split
THE MAD BARRON
The Source Of The Metal