Cumdeo - _My Angel_
by: Paul Schwarz (5 out of 5)
Wow!, what a demo. This really caught me off guard. I am a cynic for thinking this way, but I expected a doom/death demo from Russia to be boring, unimaginative and about as feisty as roadkill. Let's just say I was wrong. _My Angel_ plunders the elements of doom and death which made the styles noted and loved and uses them, along with other brilliantly executed touches, to produce a varied and highly listenable demo. _My Angel_ is a musical journey beginning with the calm stillness of acoustic guitar followed by the introduction of skillfully layered keyboards. Then the band bring in a _The Fourth Dimension_ style Hypocrisy riff of gut wrenching and bludgeoning mid-paced heaviness and from there on in it seems they can't go wrong. Although only two of these tracks have vocals, the feeling of the demo is not of two songs filled out to four by instrumentals but one 20 minute work carefully carved into sections by beautiful instrumentation. For any demo band, the quality of this demo would be astounding; but from Russia, a place not usually noted for this sort of thing, Cumdeo are an even bigger, and as a result more pleasant, surprise. If this band can write a full length and maintain this quality, then Cumdeo could justifiably become one of the underground's big names in the years to come.

Contact: Alexander Ivanov, Komsomolskaya Str.11,

(article published 1/9/1998)

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