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Golem - Dreamweaver (7/10) - Germany - 2004

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Playing time: 63:06
Band homepage: Golem

Tracklist:

  1. Al-Ghanor
  2. Starchild >mp3
  3. Remote Control
  4. Breeder
  5. Afterglow
  6. Rose
  7. Tomb
  8. Diaspora
  9. Faces
  10. The Tower
  11. Dreamweaver
  12. Le Sacre Du Printemps (hidden bonus track)
Golem - Dreamweaver

In the 15 years of the band's existence, I gave never heard of this band until the CD dropped on my lap. GOLEM has gone threw some musical changes like everyone else. They have gone from Grindcore in the beginning to extreme Metal. While I am a huge fan of the U.K. band MITHRAS, I think that the band has borrowed some of the vibes that GOLEM has provided here by adding some unique atmosphere to this music. “Al-Ghanor” is a blistering track that assaults you from all corners of your senses and once it grabs you it reuses to let go. The blast beats are furious next to the guitar work that is both melodic and paced at a mid tempo range which is weird. When you play extreme music usually, everything is overkill. Guitars are usually performed at a million miles an hour like a MORBID or NILE CD. Not here. Everything is planned just right. The track is also complex as hell. Just listen to the solo here. It's quite mind-boggling.

 

“Starchild” proves to be equally challenging musically and extreme at the same time. The song is still dark wrapped around an atmosphere that can't be quite described, but it's the band's pacing of the song that is perplexing. Even though it's still fast, it doesn't start off like the beginning at lightning speed. The reigns are pulled back just a tad. It's fast, but at a more mid-pace range and then the blast beats come in nonchalantly and reign supreme, but go away and come back again and again when you least expect it. The mind numbing and always impressive complex guitar frenzy really shines on “Remote Control”. You would think that the drums are always the highlight of the show because they are always in your face, but here you can hear them loud and clear. While the fret work is mesmerizing, it's a sound to behold. You don't have to be a STEVE VAI wannabe to appreciate it. If you like good musicianship even if you aren't a guitar player, then you can appreciate the playing here.

 

“Breeder” comes off sounding like a Doom song compared to the first few songs here. It's much slower in terms of pacing, but it remains dark packed with evil growls, haunting atmospheres and is still punishing in terms of beats. Old MORBID ANGEL will come to mind here. And yes, the guitars continue to amaze me as well. GOLEM is really experimental with their music. They like to travel uncharted territories. On “The Tower” the music is more in the mid range with some rapid double bass drumming, but it doesn't get out of hand like the beginning. It's paced well and there is a nice mixture of organic keyboards that sounds like church music. Very bizarre, but effective and memorable. The song also contains more melodic guitar riffs. This track is pretty accessible to everyone because it's nowhere near their other songs. The pacing is just right here and it prevents you from getting bored with the CD.

 

When you see an album titled “Dreamweaver”, one would think that it's going to be some Power Metal CD or Progressive one at that. The answer is no. This is extreme Metal for extreme fans only. I will say that this is a must listen because it's so unique and wild. It's wildly imaginative and pushes the Death Metal envelop to another level. Hell, these guys just rip it up and say try to beat this. Next to MITHRAS, this band stands out from the rest of the jokers in this field. Listen with caution. You just may listen to something that is unlike anything in the Metal genre right now. (Online July 27, 2004)

Joe Florez



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