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Arapacis – ‘Deja Doom’
Self produced, at Arapacis Studios, 2017-2018, by Jerry
Fielden, brand-new offering ‘Deja Doom’, from Arapacis, is a 4 track EP,
minimally mastered, to maintain originality of sound.
Artwork also by
Jerry Fielden, except for the front cover, by Shelle Macpherson.
Consequences Of Dreams – Very bass heavy intro, Sab-esque, ‘Iron Man’ like
drum sound and a clear doom overtone. Unusually refreshing feminine vocals,
revealing a gothic edge and a notably pleasant sharpness to the lyrics. An
audibly effective stripped back sound to the accompaniments, bringing a
freedom within it. Surprising gore vocal finale, adding another angle.
Generally, it’s a novel approach, making for a versatile outcome and a
comfortable listen. Relieving, even.
Drop Of Hope – Great exciting
whammy style vibrato riffing opening! Truly original. Again, the acuity of
those vocals gets straight into it, bringing in an unexpectedly grimy edge
to the line endings. A really colourful, multifaceted approach to the guitar
work in here, incorporating a combo of wobble, paradiddles, twiddly fret
styles and straight out, sharpened metal riffs. Taking it up and bringing it
down, in all the right places, considering that this is a more basic work,
it still includes a lot of variety and if anything, opens it up, becoming
all the more freestyle for it.
The Green Fairy – Good, clear,
confident drum intro, asserting its place and creating a darker sound,
together with the bass. The low, rumbling heaviness of the latter
accentuates the pointedness of the vocals, admirably. A decent mixture of
well timed gory darkness and sweetness of light peppers those lyrics and a
simple, but intensely focused bass line rhythm provides the core. Ironically
intriguing sound, given the title, but all aspects are audible, through the
changes in melody, tone and cadence. Even visual, to some extent. Ending on
a simple section and a lighter feel, the imagery’s best evoked here.
End Of The Line – A lighter sense to this intro, combining heavy and light
percussion, with a softer melody. Vocally softer aswell. More of a mellow
tone, generally, yet still incorporating some heavier elements, in places.
Interestingly fulsome sound, given it’s built around a more basic structure.
Quite laid-back atmosphere, generally, throwing in a few electrifyingly
lively riffs here and there. That’s the hand of experience coming out in
that riffage. It’s automatically audible. Far more instrumental basis within
here, but the vocals are no less powered, for that. In fact, that voice does
horror metal well. A well-rounded track, covering all angles.
– An all-round, relaxed, laissez faire approach to an EP, of quality, rather
than quantity, which still eclectically performed, delivers some novel
methods and unique features, within capable, accomplished hands.
For fans of Vampyre Heart, Voodoo Blood and Kyuss.
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June 6th, 2018, 7:42 am #1
ARAPACIS DEJA DOOM EP, BLACKHOUSE RECORDS JUNE 2018
Mixed and mastered by
Jerry Fielden at Arapacis Studios 2017/2018.
ARAPACIS are a female
fronted Doom/Progressive/Hard Rock/Classic Rock band hailing from Montreal,
ARAPACIS EP LINE UP.
'STRANGE' MACPHERSON, VOCALS.
JERRY FIELDEN, LEAD GUITAR, BASS.
MATHIEU ROY, DRUMS.
1. CONSEQUENCES OF DREAMS: - We are
off and running in a heavy doom influenced sludge fest, dark and gloomy with
infectious guitar work and a thudding drum beat. Shelle enters the scene
snarling and spitting as she gets into her nasty groove, adding some satanesque
evil growls among her addictive, scary vocals. This is a pretty heavy doom laden
attack that grates on your bones with saw edged teeth. Jerry's guitar work and
solos are sublime as well as providing earthy droning bass lines whilst
Mathieu's drums pound away, pulverizing your brain cells. This is a quagmire of
impending doom and Shelle's chilling vocals. Brilliant stuff.
TIME: - 6.13 MINS.
2. DROP OF HOPE: - In reality there is no hope in
this number as it drags you into another doom laden dark landscape. Mind bending
guitars lead us into the void. There are plenty of old school vibes in this
number, which is deep, heavy and highly addictive. Shelle is on top form and
uses a variety of vocal tones that send little chills up your spine, in
places.Superb bass lines and guitar work from Jerry as the number engulfs you.
There is no escaping the rumbling doom that pulsates through every vein of the
track. A slow and deliberate attack that smothers you with its blackness. Super.
RUNNING TIME: - 6.12 MINS.
3. THE GREEN FAIRY: - Old school heavy
rock vibes intertwined with modern doom sounds and dark auras are the flavour
once again in this number. Shelle really shines as she lets rip with some very
effective vocals, like some evil High Priestess, snarling and growling one
minute, then some haunting angelic style vocals the next as she keeps you in her
grasp sacrificing your soul to the highly infectious droning doom laden beat.
This is a scary, nasty, mind altering attack to your senses as the whole number
reaches deep into the recesses of the darkest part of your mind whilst churning
up your guts at the same time. Jerry excellent guitar playing toys around with
you with ease, whilst Mathieu's solid, heavy thudding drum beat drags you
further down into the abyss the number has created. This is a track that will
destroy your soul and will leave you as an empty shell. A classy throbbing
RUNNING TIME: - 8.06 MINS.
4. END OF THE LINE: - This
one starts with some pretty interesting guitar work that has melodic flavours.
The number ignites slowly as Shelle comes into play with her unique vocals, and
begins to take command, tempting you further into the blackness. This is a
strange affair that twists and turns, not as heavy or earthy as in previous
numbers, but has its own identity as it invades your mind with subtle dark doom
colours. The underlying menacing thread is there throughout, making you stay on
alert waiting for an unexpected forceful surge to come forth and smash you to
pieces. You coast along with the number with trepidation of what might be round
the corner. The track has a slight dark progressive feel to it in places. The
number is pretty creepy throughout with its slow and methodical pace, with every
component fitting together. Jerry produces very neat stonking guitar solos in
the latter stages, along side throbbing bass lines and pounding drum beats.
Shelle produces some really nasty snarls here and there, particularly at the end
and her claws were sharp all the way through. A highly addictive doom track that
is a bit different in context.
RUNNING TIME: - 12.08 MINS.
YEAH, This really is mind numbing doom attack indeed. ARAPACIS have once again
delivered the goods. This time they have taken 4 tracks from their back
catalogue, tracks 1 and 3 from 'Consequences Of Dreams' track 2 from their debut
album 'So Many Leapers' and track 4 from 'Netherworld', and given them a new
lease of life with a heavy 'n' hard doom makeover. Does it work,'oh boy oh boy'
does it work, yes it certainly does. This is a fucking heavy delight, a
dreadnought of impending doom that ploughs a furrow through your system. Nothing
fancy just brain crushing soul destroying DOOM that will leave you panting for
more. The main core of the band is the duo of Shelle and Jerry while mainly
using guest musicians for their last few albums , this EP and live shows, does
not affect the growing ability of the band, they just keep getting better and
better and deliver quality music. LOVE THEM. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED...10/10
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