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DORMANT ORDEAL

DORMANT ORDEAL
It Rains, It Pours
(self-financed)
42:15min

Sometimes you get mislead by an album cover, and how musicians may look like on a sleeve of some certain album's layout. This happened to me just as of lately with this Polish act called DORMANT ORDEAL that sincerely led me to believe they would be some poppish and avantgarde sounding version from OPETH - just basing my very first impression about them by staring at the album cover of "It Pours, It Rains", plus seeing these 4 particular Polish musicians in the very question (who all look like some hard business men; with suits, ties and everything) - being seated in their chairs in the middle of some grass field on the inner layout of the CD sleeve. Well, gladly I just could not have been more wrong about them: DORMANT ORDEAL plays Death Metal that is mostly in common with bands like BEHEMOTH, DEICIDE, IMMOLATION, MALEVOLENT CREATION, MORBID ANGEL (minus the band's disgraceful last album) and such, having a bit more unorthodox and trickier twist to their Death Metal though. So yeah, on the other hand this is the kind of that 'meat & potatoes' type of Death Metal that you have heard so many other times before but then again, not so much. DORMANT ORDEAL, despite at times being guilty of sounding quite a bit like some other known Death Metal bands out there, are at least trying to crush that familiar spine by challenging themselves through the entire album, turning a few riffs somewhat totally upside down and churning out constantly quite unusual yet unexpected tempo changes here and there. And that's what makes the band's debut studio album such a fascinating and interesting to listen to. Drummer Radel Kowak also proves to be like a human machine with his amazing drum work on this record, plus vocalist and guitarist Maciej Nieścioruk is a pretty sick sounding fellow I can tell, both vocal and guitar wise. "It Pours, It Rains" is indeed quite an enjoyable Death Metal album, and if they can play their cards right in the future, they necessarily don't have to release their next album completely on their own, paying all the costs from their own pockets. More about DORMANT ORDEAL can be found at: www.facebook.com/dormant.ordeal, www.soundcloud.com/dormant_ordeal

Luxi Lahtinen

More DORMANT ORDEAL reviews:
It Rains, It Pours - by Edouard Vergriete

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