Cormorant - Dwellings


8.2 | 104 votes |
Release date: 6 December 2011
Style: Melodic death metal, Progressive metal

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97 have it
15 want it


01. The First Man
02. Funambulist
03. Confusion Of Tongues
04. Junta
05. The Purest Land
06. A Howling Dust
07. Unearthly Dreamings

Guest review by
Frodd
Rating:
N/A
It has been three years since this album came out; albums came and went, but this one found its place into my heart, clung and wouldn't let go (an echocardiogram would confirm its presence in my left ventricular wall). This is a fanboy reviewing his favourite, most-played music album, and by God will it be biased.

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published 01.12.2014 | Comments (10)

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16.09.2011 - 04:49
Rating: 10
R'Vannith
ghedengi
Very much looking forward for this release, though I don't think they'll be able to top Metazoa.
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25.09.2011 - 22:59
Rating: 9
Whoblehwah
Holy shit I didn't know a Cormorant album was coming out this year. And its 2 weeks after Vektor's new album. FUCK YES! What a way to end the year!
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25.11.2011 - 23:34
pisymbol
Mine just arrived. Rejoice!
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27.11.2011 - 21:23
Rating: 8
Verdun_sc
Got mine last night! It's incredible.

Seriously, if anyone rates this lower than Metazoa, I dont know what they're on. It's sooooooo much better [and Metazoa was pretty awesome]
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06.12.2011 - 01:36
Rating: 10
Tornado Of Souls
Love this album to death, certainly my favourite of the year.
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06.12.2011 - 17:36
Rating: 8
Verdun_sc
It's a damn masterpiece, upon further listening.
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13.12.2011 - 00:59
Rating: 8
Ende
Written by Verdun_sc on 27.11.2011 at 21:23

Seriously, if anyone rates this lower than Metazoa, I dont know what they're on. It's sooooooo much better [and Metazoa was pretty awesome]


Sir yes sir, I rated Dwellings lower. It's not because I didnt like it, I am just not so much interested on melodic death metal than 2 years ago. So I prefer Metazoa. At the time that album was a revelation for me.

Respect for Cormorant nonetheless.
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13.12.2011 - 17:26
Rating: 8
Verdun_sc
Written by Ende on 13.12.2011 at 00:59

Written by Verdun_sc on 27.11.2011 at 21:23

Seriously, if anyone rates this lower than Metazoa, I dont know what they're on. It's sooooooo much better [and Metazoa was pretty awesome]


Sir yes sir, I rated Dwellings lower. It's not because I didnt like it, I am just not so much interested on melodic death metal than 2 years ago. So I prefer Metazoa. At the time that album was a revelation for me.

Respect for Cormorant nonetheless.

Fair enough... But this album is so much more than mere melodic death or folky melodic stuff like Metazoa was... It's sooooooooooo much more mature, the songwriting is better, the riffs are vastly superior [regardless of style], and much more comfortable when it steps out into progressive territory. And there's loads of black metal influence as well that fits even more. And the vocal performance, production, tone, and even instrumental performance is superior to Metazoa. aaaaaaaand it's simply more original than Metazoa. It's like the band found their own voice and now will continue to refine that voice.
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13.12.2011 - 20:00
Rating: 8
Ende
Written by Verdun_sc on 27.11.2011 at 21:23

It's sooooooooooo much more mature, the songwriting is better, the riffs are vastly superior [regardless of style], and much more comfortable when it steps out into progressive territory.And the vocal performance, production, tone, and even instrumental performance is superior to Metazoa.


You're probably right. To me, music is all about mood and atmosphere. When this album has it, sooner or later I'll change my vote. It has no end of time to grow on me.
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14.12.2011 - 06:36
Rating: 8
Verdun_sc
Written by Ende on 13.12.2011 at 20:00
You're probably right. To me, music is all about mood and atmosphere. When this album has it, sooner or later I'll change my vote. It has no end of time to grow on me.

Oddly enough, I think this album has a an absolute boatload more atmosphere than Metazoa had. Partly because Metazoa is a bit overbearing at times and the production doesnt really give the songs any room to breathe.

And well, we see eye-to-eye on what music is all about, to say the least. That's pretty much my thoughts too. And I mean, come on, the last few minutes of A Howling Dust are some of the most harrowing moments of music released this year, to me. No end of emotions come from that song, for me.
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14.12.2011 - 07:40
Rating: 9
Whoblehwah
Been listening to this lately. Its fucking great. I was going to give it a 10, but I kind of feel like some of the songs are a bit too long so I'm going with a 9. This score might change though because usually I rate an album after my first or second listen, but then later on I end up feeling different about it. *shrugs*
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15.12.2011 - 01:20
strade
Too many good albums this year. Let's hope 2012 lives up to it...
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20.12.2011 - 16:03
Rating: 10
R'Vannith
ghedengi
Can these guys do any wrong? This is unbelievably good.. again!
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13.01.2012 - 18:11
TrueMetalWarrior
This should be on vinyl, then i would own it!
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24.01.2012 - 04:33
Fredd
Account deleted
Fantastic
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19.07.2013 - 03:21
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
I really wanted to enjoy this but it was far to raw and the melodies were far to amateur for me. Just my opinion anyways.
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21.08.2014 - 03:44
Rating: 4
Ilham
Giant robot
I'm sorry Fredd, this is going to break your heart, but this really isn't for me. I told you. I dislike pretty much everything about it. I would have stopped listening after two songs if it weren't for you.
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21.08.2014 - 04:45
Rating: 8
Diverge
Written by Ilham on 21.08.2014 at 03:44

I'm sorry Fredd, this is going to break your heart, but this really isn't for me. I told you. I dislike pretty much everything about it. I would have stopped listening after two songs if it weren't for you.

I imagine this style isn't for everyone, although you're the first person I've ever met that wouldn't even give it a pass. Out of curiosity, what exactly don't you like about this album?
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21.08.2014 - 05:00
Rating: 4
Ilham
Giant robot
Written by Diverge on 21.08.2014 at 04:45

I imagine this style isn't for everyone, although you're the first person I've ever met that wouldn't even give it a pass. Out of curiosity, what exactly don't you like about this album?

Well as you said, it is a question of style. I am really not into folk-related metal. I listen to a lot of neofolk, but that's entirely different in sound, atmosphere and ideology as you must already know. Then there's the vocals I found very off-putting, neither powerful, nor abrasive, nor varied enough. And - the way - he - enunciates - the lyrics - annoyed - me. The guitar tone doesn't do anything for me and I really am not a solo lover. My overall impression, despite seeing some quality in there, just feels exactly like someone picked everything I didn't like in prog and folk, and mixed it. I hope I am making sense.
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21.08.2014 - 05:19
Rating: 8
Diverge
Written by Ilham on 21.08.2014 at 05:00

Written by Diverge on 21.08.2014 at 04:45

I imagine this style isn't for everyone, although you're the first person I've ever met that wouldn't even give it a pass. Out of curiosity, what exactly don't you like about this album?

Well as you said, it is a question of style. I am really not into folk-related metal. I listen to a lot of neofolk, but that's entirely different in sound, atmosphere and ideology as you must already know. Then there's the vocals I found very off-putting, neither powerful, nor abrasive, nor varied enough. And - the way - he - enunciates - the lyrics - annoyed - me. The guitar tone doesn't do anything for me and I really am not a solo lover. My overall impression, despite seeing some quality in there, just feels exactly like someone picked everything I didn't like in prog and folk, and mixed it. I hope I am making sense.

It's kind of funny, because I'm not really into folk-related metal either. But for me the vocalist really adds an extra dimension to the music and the arrangements typically feel progressive enough for me to get invested into.
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21.08.2014 - 05:40
Rating: 4
Ilham
Giant robot
Written by Diverge on 21.08.2014 at 05:19

It's kind of funny, because I'm not really into folk-related metal either. But for me the vocalist really adds an extra dimension to the music and the arrangements typically feel progressive enough for me to get invested into.

It is funny because when I listened to it, and came here to leave that comment for Fredd, I was expecting to see people complaining about the vocals. It's surprising how alone I can be on some things, especially vocals, I've always been very picky. I really would have liked it more if they went more towards something you could here in black metal. But then it would have sounded even more like a folk/folk black album and I might have liked it even less, because it'd have been more banal. Haha.
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30.11.2014 - 19:57
Rating: 4
Ilham
Giant robot
Written by Guest on 30.11.2014 at 19:39

i submitted a review for dwellings btw, took me less than 30 minutes it's gonna be the half-assed-est thing you've read this year.

Looking forward to seeing that 9.9 for an album I really didn't like .
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