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DOMINUS XUL
DOMINUS XUL
To The Glory Of The Ancient Ones
(Xtreem Music)
40:13min

Back in 1998, there was a little Chilean band releasing an album called “The Primigeni Xul (I Condemned My Enemies)” which turned out to be a real gem for early INCANTATION, IMMOLATION worshippers, unfortunately the band’s line-up disintegrated shortly afterwards and personally, I thought, MELEKTAUS (who released a fantastic album in ’04) and to some extent TRIMEGISTO were the successors of DOMINUS XUL. Now, it’s 2011 and the circle closes again, as the Chilean Death Metal act has risen again! Back from the dead, back to deliver deep dark Death Metal! Despite substantial line-up changes (Guitarist Alejandro and ex-guitarist, now vocalist Claudio are the only original members!), maniacs out there – yeah, I’m also thinking of you Hacker, hehe – will be glad to hear, that the quintet still delivers the goods! Though I’m not really happy with the drum sound (the snare lacks punch and sounds a bit washy during the quicker passages) musically the band is better than ever! Focussing on mid-paced, heavily MORBID ANGEL inspired tracks that consume you like a crawling, ancient stream of black matter (e.g. ‘A Tribute To The Real Knowledge’, the second half of ‘The Secret Of Liquid Arcane’) and mixing it with fast, catchy attacks like ‘Time For The Ancient Ones’ while retaining an ominous, unholy atmosphere works just fine. DOMINUS XUL might not overwhelm us with inventiveness yet entertain us perfectly by staying true to the confines of their own style – i.e. they sound f**king old school, you retards! As the record unfortunately kicks off with the only weak track ‘Burying The Holy Lies (Manifesto Of Apostasy)’ and irritated me at first with its imperfect production, “To The Glory Of The Ancient Ones” was not an immediate stunner, but took some to time to grow on me, however it’s a total pleasure now and I’m sure not only Hacker will buy it, hehe! www.myspace.com/dominusxuloficial, www.xtreemmusic.com

Stefan Franke

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