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CD review: 'In Light of Dark Days' - Ravage Cererbral

Imposing, massive, dark and handsome. Although a capacity of three titles, the first EP of The Crawling, released via the label Grindscene Records, is impressive. The trio of Northern Ireland, including Andy Clarke (Honey for Christ), signs a gem of doom metal eyeing to death, in a style that is reminiscent of early Paradise Lost. Remarkably worked, both in the instrumentation of the song that the three solid compositions reveal with every listen winding paths that one hastens to discover. Test beautifully transformed for a first offence.


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