After more than a decade of inactivity, GALLILEOUS return to the scene with their first full-length release (2008’s “Ego Sum Censore Deuum”) and an official fledgling of their unofficial 1994 demo “Passio Et Mors.” A quick sampling of the band’s new sound reveals much maturity and a world of differences that fans will want to consider before adding “Passio Et Mors” to their collections.
The newer works have many layers. Wiesiek’s efforts on tracks like “Unholy Grail” and “Anti Vaticano” offer classic 70’s Doom guitar, but his disappearance from the band prior to the release of “Passio Et Mors” leaves the disc unbalanced and sterile. Keyboardist Daga also did not grace the 1994 release, and long-term musicians Mirek and Wino have replaced the guttural Grzegorz ``Gego`` Lasota with a cleaner and raspier vocal style. In total the band shows no audible lineage to its 1994 line-up, and the differences between past and present in this case do not favor GALLILEOUS’ distant heritage.
“Passio Et Mors” offers nothing out of the ordinary for mid-90’s Doom Metal. It sounds heartless and mundane, leaving little confusion as to why the musicians disbanded for a decade of slumber. The new GALLILEOUS may not epitomize greatness, but the music on “Ego Sum Censore Deuum” speaks with much more contentment and fervor than the band conveyed in previous years. Consider 2008 a fresh start for GALLILEOUS and leave the demos in the cobwebs.
(Online June 8, 2008)