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Release date: 20 January 2012
Style: Black metal


7.1 | 37 votes


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Dissonance for the sake of dissonance. I can think of many bands that have been tarred with such a brush. In many cases those distinctions aren't warranted; said bands repudiate such claims by exploiting variety, restraint and poise and make an art form out of cacophony. However I find giving Dodecahedron, Netherlands' newest bright sparks in the boundary pushing world of avant-garde black metal, such benefits of the doubt somewhat difficult at times. A common comparison you'll find laid next to this entity amongst reviews and descriptions is that of Deathspell Omega and, in a sense, that comparison is accurate and justified: Dodecahedron do exude the style of riff that have defined and made the French legends so revered (though not before the likes of Ved Buens Ende did the same) but it's done here in such a predictable and obvious manner that the majority of the moments seem unfathomably forced, consisting of every imaginable anti-riff lined up for sake of being the band that so desperately wants to be more "anti" than all the others. So much so it misses the point entirely. The avant-garde riff, bastardised beyond all recognition.

published 15.03.2012 | Comments (45)

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3rdWorld - 09.03.2012 at 07:17  
  Idk cuz this can't be anything but Technical Black metal. But most seem to stick with the Avant-garde BM tag, which is very misleading.
!J.O.O.E.! - 14.03.2012 at 20:00  
  Definitely the most "overrated" (and I use that term in the broadest context possible) album from this year. Aesthetically interesting but musically shallow, sterile and lifeless.
Oaken - 20.03.2012 at 19:47  
Rating: 8 Great st00f. The first riff of "I, Chronocrator" kills.
Rulatore - 21.03.2012 at 23:05  
Rating: 6 It has some interesting moments, but overall, boring...
ZOMBIESiTellsYa - 23.03.2012 at 00:09  
Rating: 4 Found this to be extremely overrated. Sure it's progressive, but there's too much 'atmosphere' and not enough actual music (or impressive music at that) being played to impress me on this album.
Kass - 15.04.2012 at 17:00  
Rating: 5 Boring.
!J.O.O.E.! - 28.02.2013 at 19:27  
  Still thoroughly unenjoyable.
mz - 13.12.2013 at 14:59  
Rating: 3 I decided to give this band another shot after some 7-8 months and this is how I feel:
So, deathspell omega had sex with himself during its less interesting moments and gave birth to Dodecahedron.
It is really forced. Every now and then, a nice riff is being played and then, they wipe it out to bring another bad riff. Also, drum sound really annoys me during the faster sections. Furthermore, big lol at processed vocals. That ambient track is not that bad intself but the vocals managed to ruin in for me. Finally, oddly enough, some sections seem to belong to a really cool and fun album and this kills their attempts at being grim and evil. Maybe it's just me.

On the positive side, the cover is really good and clearly, these guys are talented musicians. I hope they inject a little of esprit into their work and come up with an soulful album.
!J.O.O.E.! - 13.12.2013 at 15:05  
Written by mz on 13.12.2013 at 14:59

On the positive side, the cover is really good and clearly, these guys are talented musicians. I hope they inject a little of esprit into their work and come up with an soulful album.

Yeah, I do love the cover.
mz - 13.12.2013 at 15:19  
Rating: 3
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 13.12.2013 at 15:05

Yeah, I do love the cover.

The cover was the thing that made me check this album for the fist time. I was not much into this sort of black metal (or black metal in general) back then.
Boxcar Willy - 14.02.2014 at 17:38  
Rating: 8 At some point I gave this album an 8 and I have no memory of doing so. Safe to say i should listen to this again.

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