Doth
Datura Wrightii


3.5
great

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T USER (103 Reviews)
March 8th, 2013 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist


By its nature black metal doesn't just defy convention, it spits right in conventions face. Since its inception the genre has thrived on unorthodox song structures, absurd track lengths and a plethora of other devices that would have your average music fan cringe in disgust. While in some other genres employing such characteristics could potentially lead to failure, some of black metal's most ambitious artists are also their most successful - from Deathspell Omega to Sigh, bands are embracing their eccentricities and finding recognition. Formed in 2012 Doth follow in the footsteps of their predecessors not musically, but creatively, granting themselves the freedom to pursue black metal on terms of their own.

With only two songs to offer, Datura Wrightii's title track is what really makes this demo worth owning - the flow and structure is just absolutely fantastic. The track starts in typical black metal fashion (tremolo picking, blast beats, pained shrieks, etc...) but soon segues into a droning riff built off nothing but a single note. The riff continues, building more tension as it goes, and just before it becomes unbearable, the song breaks into a chilling crescendo, simple yet haunting. The guitars become nothing more than a wisp of air as the bass takes the forefront, complimented by the steady salute of the trumpet, an unexpected element that truly pays off here. From the pace to what's being played, the song is black metal perfection and is an excellent display of just how versatile the genre can be when the proper technique has been applied.

The demo's second track "Schist Crevice" isn't necessarily bad as it is completely pointless. A mix of wintry ambiance, standard black metal and static noise, the song (which is largely instrumental) seems as if its inclusion was an afterthought, just a placeholder to keep the demo from being a one track release. Despite the inclusion of a throwaway track, Datura Wrightii is still definitely worth seeking out - the title track's unique style is a guaranteed favorite amongst not only traditional black metal fans but also all those who may be just a bit tired of the genre's tested tried and true formula. It may be too early to tell but if "Datura Wrightii" is an indication, Doth is an upcoming band with something fresh to offer the genre, giving the scene as good a reason as any to keep their eyes open for future releases.



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TheSpirit
March 8th 2013


17987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Super short review for a super short demo

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2013


20063 Comments


haven't seen a review from you in quite some time.

nice to see you've still got it, pos'd.

one thing i noticed and it's just a suggestion so feel free to take it or leave it:

"Despite the inclusion of a throwaway track, Datura Wrightii is still definitely worth tracking down - the title track's unique "

since you say throwaway track i think it would sound better if you say Datura Wrightii is still definitely worth seeking out (or however else you want to word it). I just personally think it would look better if you use a word other than tracking simply because the word track is already in that sentence twice.

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TheSpirit
March 8th 2013


17987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks mang! yeah i didn't even notice that, thank you for pointing it out

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2013


20063 Comments


no problem i do stuff like that all the time it's not a big deal anyways just think it would look better

CaptainDooRight
March 8th 2013


30239 Comments


sounds pretty sik, the second paragraph is descriptive money. Nice read overall, def solid. I wanna that track you talked about. pos'd

TheSpirit
March 8th 2013


17987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks broooo

Hawks
March 8th 2013


35838 Comments


This sounds pretty cool.

TheSpirit
March 8th 2013


17987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

check it out BREW

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2013


7122 Comments


Spirit knows how to demo black metal.

TheSpirit
March 8th 2013


17987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks bros, lettme know if you check it out

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2013


20063 Comments


if you post a link (and be sure to tag it) i'll check it out man. been trying to get into more bm

TheSpirit
March 8th 2013


17987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

http://tagobella.bandcamp.com/album/datura-wrightii




Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2013


20063 Comments


it's easy just put a bracket like this [ url ] before the link and [ /url ] after the link (but without the spaces).

zaruyache
March 8th 2013


7234 Comments


Bandcamp: where good bands go to breed.

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zaruyache
March 8th 2013


7234 Comments


And they have a chick singer, so that's also cool.

TheSpirit
March 8th 2013


17987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

okay tagged

and yeah i was gonna mention the vocalist was a chick as well but i decided it really wasn't that important. the vocals are great but still standard if you know what i mean

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2013


20063 Comments


"okay tagged"

i'm so proud :] i'll check it out right now man

TheSpirit
March 8th 2013


17987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

let me know what you think mang

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2013


20063 Comments


i actually just learned how to tag like a month ago and i'm already getting on everybody's case about it lol and will do

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2013


20063 Comments


So I checked the demo bro it was pretty good. I actually think I like the 2nd track better than u did though



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