DorDeDuh
Har


4.5
superb

Review

by Robert Davis CONTRIBUTOR (306 Reviews)
May 17th, 2021 | 26 replies


Release Date: 05/14/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A 9-year gap in between albums that turned out to be worth waiting for, Dordeduh surpassed all expectations in creating one of the year's finest, most spiritual-sounding albums.

Considering all the promise that debut album Dar De Duh gave back in 2012, it's a real shame that Romania's Dordeduh hasn't released anything else up to now. That said, the debut effort was strident and majestic enough to both satisfy long-term Negura Bunget fans and give a fresh perspective on extreme metal at the time, soundly confirming that Sol Faur and Hupogrammos had lofty ambitions from the very start. So, arriving with the weight of expectation on its shoulders, does sophomore effort Har fulfil the promise shown by its predecessor?

Absolutely.

With those opening notes of wispy ambiance and earthy rhythms, opener “Timpul intailor” delivers everything you'd want from a new Dordeduh album and more. Initially settled in its spacey, atmospheric first couple of minutes, the song evolves dramatically and seamlessly, invoking those gutsy roars of Hupogrammos and developing them into a harmonic force alongside mesmeric keyboard work and a rhythm section which batters your psyche at just the right time. It's a real earth-shaking sound and you'd be forgiven for thinking subsequent songs would pale in comparison, but the album is simply warming up. The exemplary prog-minded inspiration of “In Vielistea Uitarii” digs deep with those lilting keyboards and painstaking earthy roars, trading the sound for a lighter metallic edge rife with grandiosity. Importantly, each and every instrument seems to have room to breathe, fully exploring the band's musical ambitions and proving they are fully intertwined as a collective. This is continued in fine fashion thanks to the sudden burst of vocal prowess, Flavius Misaras developing his dulcet tones into a substantial background as the guitars and dulcimer glide to and fro, before the song reaches a spectacular climax and you're left wanting to gaze at the nightsky. It's that sort of lasting impression that makes you feel euphoric, and we're not even a third of the way into the album yet.

There's so much more to talk about with Har that a mere review won't cover all grounds, but what's most consistently satisfying here is surely the songwriting. Every song just seems like a fluidly energetic performance, where each member of the band never seem to get tired (nor should they, so spirited is the activity on the album). The harmonic grouped vocal chant of “Descant” is a fine example, initially sinister in its folksy approach as the percussion settles into heavier rhythms, returning in the song's latter stages to how it started. Similarly, “Desfecarat” is absorbing and so well-balanced, once again ensuring every individual element is given the same attention and care. It's certainly doomier and darker-tinged than “Descant” but showcases the same grouped vocal techniques, once again placing you into a state of stillness as the lively musicianship unfolds, that lilting atmosphere developing into a mesmerizing climax. You get the same inspiration with a song of “Vraci de Nord”'s magnitude, which thoroughly justifies its near 12-minute runtime and has as much in its well of originality as the other 10+ minute epics. What sets “Vraci de Nord” apart from the rest perhaps is its stunning outro, a fully atmospheric and fantastical soundscape which could almost be written for a film score had it not lasted only a few minutes. Yet the instrumental balance even in “Vraci de Nord”'s closing stages continues to be an outstanding aspect of Har, and goes to show the album is just as good listened to in parts as it is in full.

The album is rife with inspiration, but it's pleasing to know that the shorter songs on the album which don't even reach three minutes have just as much creativity at their helm as the album's longest pieces do. “Calea Magilor” is more of a vocal centrepiece and invokes a warmly atmospheric sound, but unfolds layers upon layers of musical addition which sees the folksier elements become just as important as the backing percussion. Once again, a great feeling of togetherness which sees each individual band member shine. Closer “Vaznesit” rounds things off finely, leading from the finishing polish of “De Neam Vergur” and guiding you to a more comfortable presence, one which is still spiritual and all-encompassing but ensures the album finished as well as it started.

Amongst all the different aspects Har has in its repertoire, the spirit of the album is how collective and well-balanced it seems. This is not just an album fusing dark folk elements and extreme metal, it is a representation of how far musical inspiration can be taken when each member of a band has the same passion for musical ambition and spirit. Har reflects this in several ways, but what it does do most importantly is giving a refreshed and ethereal feeling to the listener, soundly confirming Dordeduh as one of the most unique metal bands in the world.



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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
May 17th 2021


2654 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So it's been ages since I wrote a review, so it goes without saying c/c is welcome as always. But damn did I love listening to this album and writing the review, the latter I fell out of love with for the best part of a year. Anyways, here's the bandcamp stream:



https://dordeduh.bandcamp.com/album/har

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Elynna
May 17th 2021


1073 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Still need to check. But your review gives me all the more reason to make it a top priority.

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parksungjoon
May 17th 2021


39214 Comments


god their song titles are so cringe

BaselineOOO
May 17th 2021


1215 Comments


I just listened to a couple of songs and, my god, the lyrics are so cringy lmfao. I'm a Romanian trad waifu but I just can't respect this pagan nonsense with a radio twist to it.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 17th 2021


5596 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The music is good, but yes, I can't listen to some of those archaic, fantasy-like story lyrics. Can't take them seriously lol.

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parksungjoon
May 17th 2021


39214 Comments


precisely mate

feels like theyre trying too hard to channel some ancient kvlt shit

parksungjoon
May 17th 2021


39214 Comments


that reminds me btw, this came out last year and i thought it was pretty good

https://negruvoda.bandcamp.com/album/negru-vod

BaselineOOO
May 17th 2021


1215 Comments


I know insomniac15 is from Romania, I've found his reddit account randomly there. But where did you learn Romanian from parksungjoon? :>

Azog
May 17th 2021


682 Comments


Fortunately, my knowlegde of the Romanian language is null and void.

I wasn't aware how privileged I am, until now.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to read some deep intellectual shit.

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Pikazilla
May 18th 2021


20542 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Garas translate song titles pls

DavidYowi
May 18th 2021


2081 Comments


Have we just, like, run out of bandnames?

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parksungjoon
May 18th 2021


39214 Comments


>Have we just, like, run out of bandnames?

it translates to yearning for spirit

Sunnyvale
Contributing Reviewer
May 18th 2021


3219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Their first album is very nice, will be checking this

PortalofPerfection
May 18th 2021


2556 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn, this sounds like something I need. Nice writeup!

Slex
May 18th 2021


12705 Comments


Definitely need to check this

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Hawks
May 19th 2021


75358 Comments


Not a huge fan of Negura Bunget but this sounds awesome. Will czech.

DavidYowi
May 19th 2021


2081 Comments


“it translates to yearning for spirit”

Whoops, my bad! Since it’s black metal leaning i should’ve guessed the band was somewhere from Europe

Evok
Contributing Reviewer
May 19th 2021


8773 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I got a massive boner for this and I haven't even heard it yet.

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Elynna
May 19th 2021


1073 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not as great as their debut imo, but still highly enjoyable. Going to revisit it a couple of times before I settle on a rating.

WatchItExplode
May 21st 2021


9469 Comments


1, 2, 3...

Dor DEE Duh





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