DUMAL - The Lesser God
Independent Release (January/2017)
Evocative, dark, and heavy…utterly heavy! The album starts with invariably fast guitar-picked riffs, furious hoarse growls and pounding, varied hammering-drums. The overall sound is not necessarily fast, but the linear guitar riffs and bass set and hold on to an atmosphere of cold indifference, leaving the drums to mark major changes within a limited set of rhythms and the vocals to show the band’s own trademark.
From their second track - “Lost Caverns” - on, their soundscape adopts the same riff interchanging pattern that made MGLA such a prominent band, having also more than few resembling passages to the empty-faced Polish. However, DUMAL also seems to keep it a little less shiny on the drums and more eminent on the bass. By the end of “Abrahamic Contagion” track, all I wanted was that they showed another weighing influence on their music, and that is exactly what starts to wield with “Serpents in the Bramble.”
This 5th track also keeps the core of qualities abovementioned with the addition of a higher appeal to the second wave of Black Metal, especially with the likes of GORGOROTH in the “Under the Sign of Hell/Destroyer…” times. There are certain passages in this song that are great, and although not my favourite throughout the album, they do make it crystal clear this is not a band coming about without a personal touch in their music music.
“The wind Demon” track is instrumental and quite off from the rest of the album, bringing tribal drums and synthesizers in a sort of dark, trippy mantra, an enthralling breath of reflection among all the consuming gelid void in this album.
"Ukraina” returns straight back to the cold, distant mood of the start though, but only to merge in an atmospheric breakdown with violins and rather key-shifting riffs that sounded slightly more upbeat to my ears. This is a lengthy song that can be either the best or the worst of the album, but it certainly is the most distinct all through “The Lesser God.” As for me, I still remain admittedly unsure of what to choose.
And at last, “Spring will never come,” with riffs that give its title a reason to exist. Here the serpent bites its own tale with heavier and more straightforward cold and fast riffs they once started.
This is a surprisingly good album from a band I had never heard about and left me aghast. They’ve got previous releases, so I’m really looking forward to exploring a bit more DUMAL’s musical expression. In the meantime, I do recommend you give this album a close check. The CD comes in a decent digipack, but apparently its limited copies were quickly sold out. I'm one awaiting this album to be properly released by a prominent label.