Downfall of Gaia
Demo


4.0
excellent

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
June 11th, 2009 | 38 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: bleak, depressing, and totally brilliant.

Up and coming German crust act Downfall of Gaia traverse more harrowing emotion in this four track demo than many bands do in their entire discographies. Both intensely atmospheric and relentlessly hard-hitting, the band takes hardcore fundamentals and pushes them to emotional extremes, flickering between fragility and ferocity.

The soft/loud dynamic is employed remarkably well by the band, with the shifts from clean strumming to distortion seamless and fluid. Each track features such movements in atmosphere, but it is perhaps best exemplified by the build-up in ‘1000 Nadeln’, and its subsequent diminution. Although there are similarities throughout the four tracks regarding style and execution, the four songs develop with an inherent smoothness, reflecting the well thought out composition – even transitions sit profoundly with the heart-wrenching guitar hooks, not once allowing the music to become stagnant or repetitive. To add to the forcefulness of the louder passages, the level of feedback is such that it allows subsequent notes to mesh together, giving an overall fuller sound. This no doubt furthers the juxtaposition between soft and loud that Downfall of Gaia have initiated.

Along with the band’s aforementioned mastering of composition, the level of poignancy herein cannot go unstated. The opening part of ‘Doomi’ shows off the utter despondency that Downfall of Gaia preaches. Bleak and desolate, the demo does not leave a single moment’s solace for the listener in its approximate twenty minute length; the reflective sections of calm hide a subtle menace, both austere and stern, and the dissonance exemplified by the sections of brutal hardcore are nothing short of acute myocardial infarction. What typifies these latter parts is the intensity of the vocals; both low gutturals and excruciating shrieks are used, the two styles interweaving to create an enhanced dynamic regarding the band’s appeal. The track ‘1000 Nadeln’ (again) uses both low and high vocals in loud and soft sections, respectively, and their enrichment in relation to the music is best observed here. Other moments in which they are combined simply add to the rage and viciousness.

It’s a relief to know that there are young bands that are making an effort to create a unique sound, and succeeding while doing so. Downfall of Gaia’s demo is not only a huge accomplishment for this relatively obscure band, but hopefully sets a benchmark within this style of music that others can aspire towards. Highly recommended.



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rasputin
June 11th 2009


14550 Comments


still looking for that rope fishowitz

illmitch
June 11th 2009


5429 Comments


this sounds amazing. i'll check it out, nice review.

BallsToTheWall
June 11th 2009


44644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sounds promising.

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

Relinquished
June 11th 2009


25219 Comments


Will check this out soon.

masterofcum
June 11th 2009


428 Comments


jesus crust

im gonna do it rasputin

KYZAR
June 11th 2009


513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice like it alot.

rasputin
June 11th 2009


14550 Comments


demo rules guys, definitely check it out

jesus crust

im gonna do it rasputin

i totally forgot about that, gonna be awesome

SKUDstorm
June 12th 2009


136 Comments


idk if its just me but the vocals seem like waaaaay low in the mix =\

rasputin
June 12th 2009


14550 Comments


yeah they are, but still rules

SKUDstorm
June 12th 2009


136 Comments


yeah, this shit rules fucking hard

rasputin
June 12th 2009


14550 Comments


i have an erection

masterofcum
June 12th 2009


428 Comments


you're welcum

rasputin
June 12th 2009


14550 Comments


i have cum well

marksellsuswallets
June 13th 2009


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Basically yeah vocals are too low in the mix but yeah still pretty awesome.

rasputin
June 13th 2009


14550 Comments


well, there is no denying that they're low, but i don't think it's a 'too' low, they're fine the way they are

marksellsuswallets
June 13th 2009


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, I wasn't really saying that it's a bad thing...in fact, I'm not 100% sure that this would be as interesting/good if the vocals were "where they should be" in the mix.

rasputin
June 13th 2009


14550 Comments


yeah, i agree. it's a very intriguing record, nonetheless.

DBlitz
June 14th 2009


1690 Comments


i'm enjoying this

thanks for the rec and nice review

rasputin
June 14th 2009


14550 Comments


all thanks should be directed to our beloved friend charlesfishowitz and his mastery of archery

AvictimOfSociety
June 17th 2009


71 Comments


all thanks should be directed to our beloved friend charlesfishowitz and his mastery of archery


True story. He is a long lost cousin of William Tell.



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