Anno Domini - _Untitled_
by: Paul Williams (3.5 out of 5)
Having only ever listened to the more extreme bands from Australia... well, okay, that's a lie. Having only listened to the bands from Australia with the craziest names (come on, if you saw a band called Fuck... I'm Dead, it's a duty to pick up their album!) it was interesting to find that there are bands down under that don't count on their name to attract attention. Enter Anno Domini, who play a base of European death metal, in the vein of Vader, with odd bits of doom and blackened death thrown into the mix for good measure; and, not surprisingly, it sounds pretty damn good.

Opening track, "Obliteration", is just that. Blast beats, death growls, chunky riffs all combine to wreck your neck in a typical Euro death metal way, but after a couple of minutes the song gets split between a slow chugging riff that hosts pummeling double kicks and a more Behemoth-esque blitzkrieg with a fast and vicious guitar sound.

"Innocence" has certain points which make it sound like a death/doom Amon Amarth, especially when the singer lets out one of his roars along with the keyboards setting an eerie landscape and the drummer hyper blasting the shit out of everything. This band could pretty much sink Australia; they are just that heavy.

With what seems to be quite a solid sound and the large amount of gigging that they seem to be doing in Australia, this is definitely a band to look out for in the future, especially if their full length offers up more songs with the same amount of variety that has appeared on this demo.


(article published 24/10/2009)

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