Cicatrice
Cicatrice


3.5
great

Review

by xVision USER (2 Reviews)
April 6th, 2013 | 5 replies | 701 views


Release Date: 03/24/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cicatrice foreshadows what great things are to come, by a promising artist full of potential.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Univers’ first published solo effort, Cicatrice, is meant to be a minimalist dark rock release built upon black metal. A 2-song demo, most listeners will find themselves having a preference for the second track, Shallow, as opposed to the more repetitive, darker and less accessible Life in a Bottle.

The opener starts off with a simple bass guitar riff accompanied with ambient sounds and background growls. The drums, constant throughout the song, are simple but well-executed. The vocals, while they are not understandable to the slightest, give a great atmosphere to the song. However, Life in a Bottle, using the same bass riff over and over, might get boring to some. Nevertheless, there’s still a nice feel to the track, which has a nice evolution from the beginning to the end. 3/5

The true potential of this demo, though, lies in the follower to LIAB, Shallow. This song demonstrates great melody from start to finish, alternating between two main riffs. The drums, as clean and repetitive as on Life in a Bottle, are slightly more complex, and the vocals are much more emotionally felt. For example, we can feel Univers’ pain and depression in the chorus, “Hold me where it’s shallow”, or in the bridge where his screams stand out. The bridge itself with the change of riff and melody, added to the drums getting heavier and using crashes, and the end of the song in general, make the listener believe there’s no happy ending, and everything leads to sufferance one way or another. 4/5

Overall, Shallow shows what Univers is capable of creating, and gives a hint to what’s to come. Hopefully, he decides to head into this direction and produces other inspiring, emotional and soul-driven dark rock music, with influences from different genres.


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xVision
April 5th 2013



662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Constructive feedback would be appreciated. Check the demo out here:
http://univers-cicatrice.bandcamp.com/

CaptainDooRight
April 5th 2013



28812 Comments


nice short and concise review bro, pos'd

keep writing nigz

I haven't checked this yet but will do yee

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Calc
April 5th 2013



12127 Comments


take out the comma in your summary, and tone down the commas in general.

not bad though

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SlaveState
April 9th 2013



18 Comments


Thanks for the review dude. Wish my shit got some more attention hahaha

MortimusPrime
September 8th 2013



3395 Comments


this is cool man. I'm going to give darkgaze a listen in a bit.

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