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Pulvis Et Umbra

France Country of Origin: France

Review by JD on November 22, 2013.

When I think what there all is about France, I have to admit the thought of Heavy Metal does not instantly leap into my mind. I think of well-aged wines and cheeses, refined food and a long history when I think of France, not any types of metal. I have heard only a handful of bands from France. With this review, it will show that perhaps we need to look into the country’s metal scene a little harder.

Surtr comes from the Northeast of France, and brings a tight and powerful Traditional Doom Metal style packed and polished with its own sort of twists and turns to the world. Consisting of only three members, Surtr still bring forth a very explosive sound. Named after the Norse Mythology Giant, Surtr’s music seems to be as large and powerful as the Viking legend itself.

With all of the subtly of a Tiger tank on low gear speed, these three French Metallers pull no punches and give a Classic Doom Metal performance. One listen to either 'Rise Again' or the glacier-slow speed power of 'Sonic Doom', it is clear that this trio is one impressive-albeit slow and brooding, powerhouse that is hard to ignore.

Comparing this French band with some of the Doom Metal’s highest elite like the mighty Candlemass or even older My Dying BrideSurtr is one of a handful of bands out there that will get into that inner Doom circle. With this type of excellence, I am sure that even the non doomers out there will be very pleased if they picked up "Pulvis Et Umbra" for their collections.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 9
Atmosphere: 9.5
Production: 8.5
Originality: 9
Overall: 9

Rating: 9 out of 10