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OF PRODIGY "Damocles Gladius" | FORGOTTEN SILENCE "Clara"
7" EP (1996 Obscene Productions)
The pioneers of Czech doom metal on split 7" EP
It is already the fourth 7"
EP (and third split EP) released by Czech label Obscene Productions.
The two sides of the vinyls are shared by Forgotten Silence and
Dissolving Of Prodigy. As both of the bands are usually categorized as
doom metal, they were out of my interest. But that was my terrible
mistake. Especially concerning Forgotten Silence and their song
"Clara". The category „doom metal“ was a little confusing, at least
for me. Now I can realize what music they play. It cannot be describe
in some concrete or detailed way - the result is atmospheric mix of
different musical genres. Death and doom metal are the main ones, but
there are many more. There is no name to use, no category to aply.
Forgotten Silence are very original and for the listener very
surprising band. For me it was a big discovery and I must not miss
their debut CD "Thots".
band on the other side is called Dissolving of Prodigy. As well as
Forgotten Silence, also I hear Dissolving of Prodigy for the first
time. So I only have this one song to review. And to be honest, this
song does not reach the quality of the one of Forgetten Silence. Its
title is "Damocles Gladius" and it sounds really monotonously and it
is boring. This is what I have always understood under doom metal. It
is not bad but I cannot find anything original here, just influences
of My Dying Bride.
Also the sound is much worse than Forgotten Silence. Although
Dissolving Of Prodigy have recorded already three demos and one CD, my
impression is not good at all. Especially considering the fact that
usually the best songs are selected for EPs...
This split 7" EP is useful effort, because it fulfils its purpose - to
get familiar with the bands before you decide to buy their full length
CDs. But individually my rating is the following: Dissolving Of
Prodigy 3/7, Forgotten Silence 6/7.
Note: The review was originally published in METAL BREATH zine no.