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Evadne - A Mother Named Death (2017) - Review

Band: Evadne
Album title: A Mother Named Death
Release date: 26 June 2017
Label: Solitude Productions

Tracklist:
01. Abode Of Distress
02. Scars That Bleed Again
03. Morningstar Song
04. Heirs Of Sorrow
05. Colossal
06. 88.6
07. Black Womb Of Light
08. The Mourn Of The Oceans

In the last couple of years we have seen a rapid growth inside the doom metal genre, with some older bands like for example My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost still raging strong, it's nice to see more and more underground bands bringing out some amazing doom and the truth is that the underground doom metal scene has actually some of the best bands right now, we got bands like Frowning, Vanha, Sorrowful Land and many more who pretty much conquered 2016 with amazing albums. Now we have the pleasure of enjoying yet another amazing band from the doom universe, Evadne. Their new album A Mother Named Death is as beautiful as it is sorrowful!

The band formed back in 2003 in Spain, probably not the country you'd expect to find a prominent doom band to come out of. With one full length album, The Shortest Way (2012) and one EP, Dethroned Of Light (2014), behind their back, they are now regarded as one of the pioneers and leaders of death/doom in the Spanish scene.

While having toured with bands like Evoken ,Swallow The Sun and Novembers Doom, to name a few, they quickly establihed a strong fanbase. Their new album A Mother Named Death is again one of those doom/death metal records that you just love from the start, without going into too much in depth talk, we can safely say that everything flows together very nice and the songs feel like they have been matured a bit more while also retaining their old-school sound, one thing that is perhaps a bit unexpected is their blending of black metal influences in some parts of the songs.

Evadne is not the type of doom band where you can expect them to be lingering on one riff for ten minutes, they bring everything to their game. Sometimes the songs are almost too fast for being described as a proper doom metal, but I guess this is up for some other discussion, some people might say its more black/doom rather then actual doom/death, hence the growling vocals. The album is characterized by heavy guitars, strong rhythmic line, gloomy keyboards, and growl performance in combination with parties of pure vocals, and all these things make the music of Evadne diverse, emotional and fascinating.

Overall the highly atmospheric sound on this record is amazing, extremely melancholic and organic. It's hard to pick up favorites as the entire record is a pure milestone of doom, raging from slow funeral doom tempos to more typical death metal tempos and it's safe to say this is a record that will keep the listener occupied for a very long time. Lingering in a time where everything is almost given away at the start, it's nice to find a band that still remains a bit unknown to the more die hard fans.

Evadne's A Mother Named Death is just that extra piece that fits so well with the gloomy days ahead and all human plauges. If you're looking for that one record to keep you wishing for more then this is it. Being a follow up to their previous works this one surely puts the standards a step higher.

Review written by: Oliver
Rating: 8,5/10

Disclaimer: This is a guest review and it does not necessarily represent the point of view of the Terra Relicta staff.

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Band: Antimatter
Album title: The Judas Table
Release date: 9 October 2015
Label: Prophecy Productions

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