Damnation
Rebel Souls


4.5
superb

Review

by seedofnothing USER (8 Reviews)
November 2nd, 2011 | 17 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Brute strength led by an impeccable drum assault varying like the vast number of “insecta” inhabiting planet earth

Although not stealing thunder from other musical elements, the listener will notice the drums appear highest in the mix. The level of variance is what pulls the listener in. For instance, the amount of fills, blast beats, and tempo shifts are ever changing. The guitars are always on par with the drums and fully complement each fill and shift as one may watch a flock of birds in the sky swaying in unison to the right and to the left. Occasionally the guitars will stand out with solos found at 4:30 of “Son of Fire”. The bass is audible and can occasionally be heard using a riff interchange technique.

A component that is not often heard amongst death metal acts is the use of synths. Keyboards are used effectively on many tracks but are never overused. A standout of this display is on “From the Abyssland” where the track starts with a repeating piano passage on top of an ambient underlay that fades out on a level plane where the drums, guitar, and bass fades in perfectly.

The vocals fit in nicely and are never overdone as they take rest time to time; to let the instrumental sections take light. The lyrics may require some thought to understand but the title of the tracks gives the listener an idea of what to expect.

Although synths are not overused, the entire album has an unwavering atmosphere with the help of excellent production that allows the listener to crank the volume on full without worrying about the guitars high-end frequencies piercing their ears. From beginning to end the album is a highlight that should NOT require the listener to fast-forward to their favorite part due to top-notch cohesive writing abilities and dynamic shifts.

For a second full album release, “Rebel Souls” proves to be amongst the forerunners of death metal to come out of the year 1996. For more detailed info on the band biography please visit
http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Damnation-Biography/422DE62C474C02F248256CEA000CD302.



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AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2011


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ambient synth-piano


Just say keyboards.

seedofnothing
November 2nd 2011


3425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album find is courtesy of aod. give credit where its due

Tyrannic
November 2nd 2011


3262 Comments


The review is kind of meh. I didn't have any idea who the band was until you guided my to their bio. Maybe use an
introduction (yes, it's formulaic) to set up who they are and why the album matters.

"The guitars are always on par with the drums and fully complement each fill and shift as one may watch a flock of
birds in the sky swaying in unison to the right and to the left"
This sentence is so wordy**. (edited)

Valerius
November 2nd 2011


1137 Comments


Nice. Poland death. I see this is their second album. Lol. You could have uploaded the tracks brew. Will check these guys out.

seedofnothing
November 2nd 2011


3425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i did upload the tracks, im waiting for a mod to approve it

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2011


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I think I submitted the album without tracks lol.

seedofnothing
November 2nd 2011


3425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

haven't heard their first one yet, gotta get ahold of it

name is "Reborn..."

just uploaded it

Valerius
November 2nd 2011


1137 Comments


This band owns.

seedofnothing
November 2nd 2011


3425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

make sure you also check out their demos "Everlasting Sickness" and "Forbidden Spaces"

some of the tracks off those kill the more recent stuff

ShadowRemains
November 2nd 2011


20734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

try to go deeper than "this sounds like this"

right now this review is lacking in content (and take out the "ambient synth-piano")

and edit the ending link or whatever cuz it looks terrible

Digging: Banks - Goddess

seedofnothing
November 2nd 2011


3425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"try to go deeper than "this sounds like this""

when did I use the term "this sounds like this"?


or were you referring to gen terms, rather than literal

ShadowRemains
November 2nd 2011


20734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

gen terms

seedofnothing
November 2nd 2011


3425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wanted to focus on the highlights, im not a fan of reading long tangents, prefer to get right to the point

Wizard
December 5th 2012


19406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is so damn good, didn't know Poland had above great death metal.

Digging: Khonsu - Traveller

CaptainDooRight
December 8th 2012


29132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is awesome

Digging: Kangding Ray - Solens Arc

ShadowRemains
December 8th 2012


20734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i need to get reborn

CaptainDooRight
December 8th 2012


29132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just as good and in some ways better



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