Rating:
8.0
Ixion - Through The Space We Die [Demo]
2007


01. Still Conscious
02. The Seeds Of Misery
03. Cold Stars
04. Eternal Dreams
05. Closer Now
06. A Call For The End


WOW.

W.O.W.


Got it? These three letters sum up my feelings towards this demo. I could end the review here. I obviously won’t, but I’ll keep it short instead of indulging in meaningless chitchat about Ixion. For the record, this French band was created in 2004, they play atmospheric doom metal and this is their first demo.

That this is a first demo leaves me struck with awe. There is a maturity in the songwriting, a capacity to avoid the most worn out clichés of the genre that you usually only find in more established bands. Ixion claim Shape Of Despair, My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost as major sources of inspiration. These influences are really obvious, but who cares about originality in front of such beautiful music?

Everything on this demo converges towards one goal: taking the listener on a voyage through space and time, in cold landscapes and surreal worlds. The electronic sounds of the keyboards, the classical piano and violin, and the distant, almost ghostly vocals create a unique atmosphere. This is beautiful and unsettling, eerie and cold, cosmic and morbid.

Even though the pace is not exactly fast, the six songs on “Through The Space We Die” are all quite short for doom metal. Instead of losing themselves and eventually weakening the impact of their music, Ixion go straight to the point and deliver an atmospheric doom metal masterpiece. When a band is able to release, on the first try, an album teeming with out-of-this-world beauty and emotion, there is no doubt they will become big. With “Through The Space We Die”, Ixion show they already are among the best Doom Metal acts in France. I can’t wait for their next release. You who read this, do yourself a favour and check them out.

Highlights: the album as a whole is amazing, but if there must be only one, I’d say “A Call For The End” is the best song.


Band profile: Ixion
Album: Through The Space We Die


 


written by Collin | 10.02.2008



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Collin - 10.02.2008 at 18:50  
I'm giving this 8 because this is only a demo, but it is worth more in my holy opinion. This is the best demo I've heard for a very long time. You really want to check this out.
Herzebeth - 10.02.2008 at 21:29  
sounds cheesy but really interesting...is there any way to hear one song or something before actually buying the whole thing?

I love demos man
Collin - 10.02.2008 at 21:32  
Written by Herzebeth on 10.02.2008 at 21:29

sounds cheesy but really interesting...is there any way to hear one song or something before actually buying the whole thing?

I love demos man


Cheesy?
Well if you think Shape Of Despair is cheesy, then yeah I guess this is cheesy lol. I never thought of atmospheric doom in terms of cheese before
Check their myspace page. Two tracks there, plus a couple of samples on their website (link at the end of the review)
Herzebeth - 10.02.2008 at 21:40  
I said cheesy in a non corny way...I meant like "sounds weird but interesting"....here in Mexico we have some other meanings for cheesy, corny, and those words that usually just make people imagine Disney or something...sorry for that I guess...

I'll check myspace thanks
Lucas - 10.02.2008 at 21:43  
Yeah this is great stuff.
Marcel Hubregtse - 10.02.2008 at 21:50  
It certainly sounds really nice.

And I see you're reasoning along the same lines when rating a really really good demo (as I did with Graveyard Dirt) as I do.
Talvi - 11.02.2008 at 10:38  
I'm not used nor like to listen to demos, but man, this review really wants me to do it.
BestMetalstormer - 11.02.2008 at 11:21  
Good music, but I feel it a little bit too keyboard abused
Lucas - 23.02.2008 at 15:19  
Received it today, good stuff.

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