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Dark Lunacy - Devoid (9,5/10) - Italy - 2001

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Fuel
Playing time: 68:54
Band homepage: Dark Lunacy


  1. Dons
  2. Stalingrad
  3. Forlorn
  4. Frozen Memory
  5. Cold Embrace
  6. December
  7. Devoid
  8. Varenka
  9. Time For Decay
  10. Fall
  11. Take My Cry
Dark Lunacy - Devoid
*take info and CD from the envelope* DARK LUNACY? Never heard... *skimming info* "A great mixture from all kinds of styles." Oha, sounds like one of those strange mixture from everything... *put aside and leave there for some time* Hm, what could I listen to know? *see DARK LUNACY-CD* Well, OK, let's give it a try... *put CD in player* Whoa!!!! *looking at cover and info again* What is this? This is brilliant!

This, almost, had been my first contact with the Italians of DARK LUNACY. The CD really has been in my pile of CDs for some time, but that was a mistake - a big mistake! I would have expected almost anything from the description in the info, but not this, no, absolutely not!

The foundation of the quartet from Parma is Death Metal of the melodic kind, but not in the least in the Göteborg-style, but very powerful, with double-bass and quite deep growls (not belches!). But what they are incorporating into their sound beyond this is what makes "Devoid" something absolutely special, because what you can find on their list is remarkable: a string-quartet and a three-section mixed choir!

The whole thing, together with non-standard melodies (but never strange or weird ones) and very fluid arrangements, is integrated into the sound so perfectly that your jaw drops and you won't be able to get it back up again!

I wouldn't like to pick out certain songs, because the whole album is great, from the first to the last note, but especially "Forlorn" or "Take My Cry" should be the first check-points for any Metal-fan!

A truly phenomenal debut that shadows many, many bands that are populating the scene with ease!!!!!

Alexander Melzer

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