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From Jennytates's Blog May 2018

 

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.

Overall – 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.

9/10 *********

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, Canada


ARAPACIS EP LINE UP.

SHELLE 'STRANGE' MACPHERSON, VOCALS.
JERRY FIELDEN, LEAD GUITAR, BASS.

GUEST.
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.

RUNNING 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 affair.

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.


OH 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

femmepower@BlackPhoenixRising

'DEJADOOM' EP CAN BE PRE-ORDERED FROM http://blackhouseinc.storenvy.com/


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