This is the debut 2009 CD - "Fatum Elisum" - from awesome new French act - FATUM ELISUM......
Formed in 2007 this is the debut album from this excellent act - creating some of the finest doom death metal but with a dark, mystical, melancholic and sinister edge... Great musicianship and compositions - a dark aura permeating their doomful melodies. Inspired by the early doom death metal scene - with no keyboards or female vocals - with a twisted dark metal edge.
Of relevance to people interested by bands such as My Dying Bride, Anathema, Evoken, Esoteric, Mournful Congregation, Silencer, Bethlehem, Ataraxie, indesinence - with lyrics inspired by dark literary classics. FATUM ELISUM are well worth your attention - and promise to be one of the best underground doom bands in future years.
An excellent CD - six tracks and over 50 minutes of music
France's metal-scene is thriving, especially in the extreme areas. I'm not going to list all French bands that have released killer albums in the past few years, but I will say that Fatum Elisum can be added to the long list. Their self-titled '08 demo attracted the attention of the English Aesthetic Death Records, who re-released it this year as a full-length debut, accessible for all. Nice one.
Fatum Elisum's Fatum Elisum showcases a blend of Doom and Death, with hints of Black thrown in. A mix of old My Dying Bride and Deinonychus, roughly put. The similarity with the latter of the two comes forward mostly through the vocalist, who squeals, shrieks and howls as Marco Kehren did during his metal days. Fortunately he knows how to deliver a dirty-licious growl too. Riff-wise were treated to both heavy, aggressive shit but also those typically lethargic, dramatic whining leads. What sets Fatum Elisum apart from other bands in the genre is that they pack a whole deal more aggression than you're average death-ish Doom band.
Fatum Elisum is, despite not very original, a fresh and very enjoyable album. I saw them a couple of days ago at the Dutch Doom Days and they were a bit disappointing, but the studio album is a whole different story. I'm very much hoping this band crosses my path again soon, whether it is with a new album or a new gig, as they are probably only getting better with time.