Desire
Crowcifix


2.5
average

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
April 9th, 2009 | 41 replies | 6,963 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: gothic death/doom that wallows in mediocrity

6 of 7 thought this review was well written

Portuguese death/doom band Desire certainly have an affinity towards theatrics, and ultimately their over-use of symphony inspired samples and gothic flavoured stylings is the brunt of their failure. The 2002 released Locus Horrendus - The Night Cries Of A Sullen Soul was the pinnacle of their overwrought and tasteless approach to death/doom, and although the band has somewhat restrained itself with the synth and operatic vocals on Crowcifix, said elements are still relatively abundant and coat the EP in a layer of stupid, gothic pretentiousness that simply ruins their appeal.

Despite a climactic second half that rings true to any death metal rooted listener, the first six minutes of ‘White Room Falling’ languishes in over indulgent melodies, ridiculous whispered vocal passages and an infuriating amount of symphonics. It eventually builds up to a very a strong conclusion, one which would appease any death/doom fan, but it’s unfortunate for the band that this three minute portion of the song is the only good thing about the EP. Moreover, ‘Funeral Doomentia’ falls into the same traps that its preceding track did, and not even a back crunching riff that pokes its head out from beneath the suffocating synth can give the song a sense of excitement.

Vocalist ‘Tear’ no doubt can be attributed to the band’s success; his throat-wrenching gutturals are incredibly dense, but one can’t help but feel his talent would be far better used where he isn’t pushed aside by an insipid and ultimately dull form of depressive music. Even the very title of the EP, although being somewhat less dramatic than that of their previous album, leaves one to question whether the band is just running out of ideas.

The live track included at the end, which originally appears on Locus Horrendus - The Night Cries Of A Sullen Soul, sheds light on how much the band’s theatrics have taken over their music; over four minutes are wasted with odd sounds that should, but in actual fact do not, invoke a sense of fear. Once the song begins with gutturals over naught but synth, one immediately dreads the impending mediocrity that is to follow; the studio version of the song cannot overcome its blandness, and the live track fares no better.

Having already established themselves with trite formulations of death/doom, Desire are worth only the value of their novelty. Their musical aesthetic is overshadowed by their generic reconstruction of gothic imagery, and from a neutral standpoint Desire do not offer anything remotely interesting.



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rasputin
April 10th 2009



14516 Comments


wrote this up rather quickly, so it might have a few errors.

Zoo
April 10th 2009



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Album Rating: 3.0

Wow dude, did they kill someone you know? A lot of hate in that intro.

I have this downloaded but haven't heard it yet. This Message Edited On 04.09.09

charlesfishtitz
April 10th 2009



784 Comments


you need to do more reviews

rasputin
April 10th 2009



14516 Comments


i have one written for the new church of misery but have to wait until it's out

charlesfishtitz
April 10th 2009



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yeah me too

rasputin
April 10th 2009



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be there or be square

charlesfishtitz
April 10th 2009



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be where homo

rasputin
April 10th 2009



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the church of misery

charlesfishtitz
April 10th 2009



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and get crowcified?

AS IF, BIF

rasputin
April 10th 2009



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my 12 crowpostles and I were having a meal when i was arrested for crowspiracy; the jews claimed i lied about being the crow of god. they whipped me and made me carry my own crowcifix up onto the hill, where i was crowcified. i got the fuckers back though - 3 days i later, god crowsurrected me and now i'm pretty fucking important.

charlesfishtitz
April 10th 2009



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rasputin
April 10th 2009



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exatly

charlesfishtitz
April 10th 2009



784 Comments


looking fr black porn but keep getting black dicks white chicks.

rasputin
April 10th 2009



14516 Comments


not even steven

Waior
April 10th 2009



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I chuckled at the title/art combination. Too bad Desire isn't aiming for satire, or they'd get my thumbs up.

What a waste of a perfectly terrible religious bird pun.

charlesfishtitz
April 10th 2009



784 Comments


sometimes it's spelled stephen.


what was that one you had with the funny looking black lady?

she was all like saying something funny

rasputin
April 10th 2009



14516 Comments


Too bad Desire isn't aiming for satire, or they'd get my thumbs up.

yeah, it was a huge miss on their behalf
what was that one you had with the funny looking black lady?

she was all like saying something funny

i dug up the link but it's not working =(

charlesfishtitz
April 10th 2009



784 Comments


what was it sassy something

rasputin
April 10th 2009



14516 Comments


it was like you wish jellyfish with fat sass

charlesfishtitz
April 10th 2009



784 Comments


lolololololol yes yes!



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