Label: ABWESEND Records
by: Juuso Viljanen
Italian band Pulvis Et Umbra (meaning ‘Dust And Shadow’ in English) was formed in 2001 and since then they have released so far two demos, ‘Qui Valet Hic Mundus, Quid Gloria, Quidve triumphus Post Miserum Fonus’ and ‘Pure Longobard Noize’ and a full-lenght album ‘Reaching The End’. The debut album was released in April 2012 and now here’s my review of it (sorry for the delay guys!!)
I really wish that the quality of sound was better. The band really has vision and skill, but the bad sound really makes it a not so enjoyable experience. I understand that there propably was no budget of a huge stadium metal band, but maybe they could put a little more effort on the quality on the next album?
Pulvis Et Umbra sounds like Lamb Of God in their old days. You know, just after they’ve changed their bands name from ‘Burn The Priest’ to it’s current form and released albums ‘New American Gospel’ and ‘As The Palaces Burn’. These Italians aren’t as progressive and not as thrashy as LoG, but way more into traditional death metal and metalcore. Their compositions have very great riffs and drumming is excellent! Plus vocalist Stefano really does sound like Randy Blythe.
These Italians have made a debut album with some pretty solid song material, but didn’t really get to finish this cake into its perfection. It’s still VERY raw and not too pretty. I’m afraid many metalheads will skip listening to this because of the quality of the sound, especially the younger ones who may not be used to metal records sounding so primitive and ‘not-so-hifi’. I will rate this album based on the song material though. The next album I really hope to be better in every single way, because this band sure has potential!
RATING: 3 / 5