Additionally, the band saw fit to recruit the services of Zagan, best known as the guitarist of the legendary Countess, to further augment their archaic sound with a series of inspired, climactic guitar leads. Also unlike the first demo is the fact that the new material was written in a premeditated fashion, as opposed to being the spawn of impromptu rehearsal sessions. While the previous approach was effective in its own right, the greater amount of consideration that went into the songwriting on this release is evident in the structural complexities therein. These novelties aside, “The Calling…” is sure to be seen by admirers of the debut demo as a familiar entity, and one whose unsettling effect is in large part due to the forlorn vocals, which are performed as if they are being whispered into the listener’s ear by an otherworldly being, thus leading him to question whether the thoughts he is having are indeed his own.
The possessed nature of the recording as a whole reaches its zenith at the fourth track, simply but ominously entitled “The Calling…,” which is perhaps best described as a ritual soundscape completely devoid of traditional musical elements in favor of hauntingly psychedelic atmospherics and the cackling vocal beckoning from a not-so-distant, soul-thirsty creature. Finally, and in addition to four compositions of original material, the band chose to pay homage to one of their primary muses in recording their own rendition of Necromantia’s “Faceless Gods,” a song which they have rehearsed since the band’s inception and one that perfectly suits their own creations. As with the first demo, Nuclear War Now! and New Era Productions conspire to bring “The Calling…” into the dark of night, where it is to be most appropriately worshipped by those who are willingly or involuntarily summoned. Read more on Last.fm.
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