Fatum Elisum - Fatum Elisum
September 2009

01. Eli Eli
02. In Vain
03. Phantom
04. Fatum Elisum
05. Dancer Of Spirals
06. Lama Sabachthani

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.

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 6
Production: 7


Written on 31.10.2009 by
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Mr. Doctor - 01.11.2009 at 22:42  
Pffff, Dear God, Lucas... Yoy get always the most awesome covers.
It's time you let the other guys from the staff to get nice looking albums too!!!

This sounds quiet nice indeed, and this is just a demo, you say? Well, re-released but still....

The dude has a great voice, I've heard similar but it's still kind of fresh.
I don't see a lot of My Dying Bride in their sound though

Well, I'm gonna check them out anyway.
Marcel Hubregtse - 02.11.2009 at 14:30  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 01.11.2009 at 22:42

I don't see a lot of My Dying Bride in their sound though

Well I agree with Lucas that it has some parts that remind me of their debut single and ep and also As The Flower Withers
Boxcar Willy - 28.06.2012 at 16:51  
The title track was playing on a radio station i listen to, Sounds like a Dearh doom version of Crowbar.

The vocalist has the kind of rasp in his voice.

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