Majestic Downfall
The First Abyss Demo


3.5
great

Review

by Suicide Boy 777 USER (202 Reviews)
January 18th, 2008 | 12 replies | 3,856 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

In the rumbling parts of Querétaro, Mexico, there was one man destined to bring the funeral doom across the border and into the hands of metallers scattered across the globe.. "Majestic Downfall" is a funeral doom band that leans heavily on providing haunting melodies along with the slow churning, heavy riffs typical to the Doom genre. For 10 years, Jacobo had played in a death/doom metal band by the name of "Antiqua" with marginal success. He left to form his own band "Majestic Downfall", deciding to make this his own group. Playing all the instruments and contributing all the vocals himself, Jacobo's latest release is a 3 track EP containing 24 minutes of material. This EP isn’t about the inclusion of gothic female vocals intertwining with harsh male vocals or keyboard overdose, but it is about creating a rocking, down tempo Doom record.

The sound of "Majestic Downfall isn't terribly unique from the other Doom bands in the scene today, recalling influences from such seminal groups, Anathema, My Dying Bride, and Novembers Doom. However, Jacobo excels at what he does and makes a good first impression with the demo. The production although not quite spectacular, which is to be expected on a demo, is actually handled quite well in providing an atmosphere for the music. Jacobo's vocals don't show too much diversity though, choosing to go the safe route with lower pitched death growls typical to Doom Metal. They are executed pretty well and add to the music instead of taking away. The guitar work provides the heaviness and most of the melodies as the key work is sparingly used which actually benefits the music greatly. The riffs remain slow to mid tempo, nothing out of the ordinary. On "In An Ocean Of Fears" the guitar work of Jacobo creates a foot tapping rhythm that brings about an unexpected energy and catchiness associated with this style of music.

The bass work hasn't been fully developed as it rarely makes it's presence felt. This is only a demo, I have faith in the future releases that the bass will be more prominent. The keyboard work isn't quite as stunning or dramatic as "Swallow The Sun" yet it sits well with me. The quality sounds pretty familiar to some of Burzum's work but nonetheless excel’s in providing the atmospheric edge the music needs. Drum work is pretty clear and lay's out the map of the EP with a lot of cool patterns to keep things buzzing. The drums are actually programmed although they sound pretty damn realistic. Nothing ever reaches to the point of the blast beat ridden rage that" Nile" is known for but instead keeps pace with the tempo of the guitar rhythms.

This might be lacking in originality for those music elitist’s out there but on a positive note, it shows the promising talent of Jacobo and his potential to add his name to the metal grounds. Catchy, heavy, melodic, what more could you want?. Fans of Anathema, My Dying Bride, or metal should give this band a try. I see bright things in the fresh new year of 2008.

Pros:
Heavy yet catchy.
Guitar work.

Cons:
Demo production.
Lack of vocal diversity might turn some off.



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BallsToTheWall
January 18th 2008



44196 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I feel that I owe it to myself to getting back to reviewing metal. Might be going soft in 08 but just got to bring back the METAL man.

Digging: My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

BallsToTheWall
January 18th 2008



44196 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I feel dumb for trying to review a new band.

LifeInABox
January 18th 2008



3708 Comments


Eh...

BallsToTheWall
January 18th 2008



44196 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

How was this a neg?

LifeInABox
January 18th 2008



3708 Comments


I didn't neg.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 18th 2008



16315 Comments


Dunno who neg'ed, this is far from a neg. Doom is either hit or miss with me.

rasputin
January 19th 2008



14540 Comments


Sounds pretty good. I might check it out, seeing as we both love our doom. Good review, not sure why it was negged

Essence
January 19th 2008



3583 Comments


Wait, holy shit, it's a freakin' blastoise!

BallsToTheWall
January 20th 2008



44196 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn right its a Blastoise, two cannons. Anyone check this out yet?

blackened07
January 21st 2008



949 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I finally did, not bad stuff, I had to download it after seeing the review in Metal Maniacs giving it a good rating too.

BallsToTheWall
January 21st 2008



44196 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I actually found a review in M.m and BW.BK magazine. Pretty cool demo that a magazine brought up. To whoever negged this, you can vote and negate the neg. That would be great thanks.

blackened07
January 21st 2008



949 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I voted, I don't know who the fuck would neg this.



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