Sektarism
L'Offrande


2.5
average

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
June 11th, 2009 | 18 replies | 3,637 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: swing and a miss.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Although the brand of funeral doom that Sektarism display on their debut release L'Offrande is worthy of my approval, it’s unfortunate that the band do not capitalize on their chosen style, falling into a directionless mire with this 17 minute track.

Much like the raw and bleak nature of Worship’s first release Last CD Before Doomsday, Sektarism revel in a raw and minimal setting, the feedback driven guitars providing all the texturing required to propel the music. In that regard, there is much to be admired in the song from a compositional standpoint; when it’s the actual feedback on either side of the guitar notes that conjure the atmosphere, it’s obvious that something has been done right.

Nevertheless, Sektarism make a grave mistake with L'Offrande, one which plagues this genre profusely – rather than taking the time to allow something of a climactic ascendance in the song, ‘L’Offrande’ just plods. It is often the intention of similar bands to transcribe the feelings of bleakness and despondency simply through raw and grating noise, but in most cases it results in pure monotony.

With L’Offrande, Sektarismhas without a doubt not learned from the mistakes of others, and it’s rather unfortunate because the ingredients for something relatively profound are there. The track begins wonderfully, and for a few minutes holds one’s hopes high for a stretch of good doom, but said hopes are shattered before the song even reaches its midpoint.

The mixture of low growls and mostly ridiculous, ‘emotionally charged’ shouts simply extends the EP’s failure. Had the vocals been kept at Marianas Trench levels, this would have broken the average rating mark, but alas, this cannot be.

As mentioned before, the elements for something worthwhile are all here – Sektarism need only to put them together in the right way. Here’s hoping.



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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2009



8221 Comments


review is good, I am not a big fan on very small paragraphs though but considering the overall lenght of this review it doesn't really matter. The album seems very yawn to me so I'll definitely pass

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rasputin
June 11th 2009



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yeah, the size of the paragraphs often depends on how much there is to elaborate on regarding each point, and there isn't much to say about a one track funeral doom ep.

and good decision, not worth the time.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2009



8221 Comments


yaah this really is a good review anyway, even considering the very short paragraphs, so I'll pos

jingledeath
June 11th 2009



7104 Comments


great review as usual

Wizard
June 11th 2009



18773 Comments


Nice avatar rasputin hahaha. Good review to boot! Album cover scared me at first.

Digging: Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

rasputin
June 11th 2009



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yeah i had initial hopes that this was going to be good, which is why i reviewed it, but it wasn't =(

Wizard
June 11th 2009



18773 Comments


Listen to the new Minsk album to make up for the suckage : ).

rasputin
June 11th 2009



14504 Comments


i have it downloaded and ready to play, will do so later on. through silver in blood right now =D

Wizard
June 11th 2009



18773 Comments


Oh dude, gave me a clue.

rasputin
June 11th 2009



14504 Comments


awesome

by the way karl, you should download that downfall of gaia demo from my blog, something like 100 copies of it were distributed so it would be impossible for you to find and buy

Wizard
June 11th 2009



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Hahahahaha so now I have to go against my values because only a 100 copies were made? Fine.

rasputin
June 11th 2009



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yeah, and it's sold out (forgot to mention that). i'm sure jesus will be all like 'yeah sick brah', so it's all good

Wizard
June 11th 2009



18773 Comments


I just got confirmation from Jesus to download the album. Doing that now.

rasputin
June 11th 2009



14504 Comments


amen

SKUDstorm
June 11th 2009



136 Comments


so much for reviewing collapse fgt

rasputin
June 11th 2009



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nah these were just warm-ups, exams finish in less than a week so im gonna get onto collapse asap

SKUDstorm
June 11th 2009



136 Comments


sounds good bb. that album def needs more love.
about to download everything from your winter collection or whatever the fuck it was

rasputin
June 12th 2009



14504 Comments


awesome =D

i posted a review of the downfall of gaia, check it out if you haven't already



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