Subterranean Disposition 'Subterranean Disposition' review
(Hypnotic Dirge Records)
Terry Vainoras, the sole member of this band, knows his doom, that's much certain. After all, we are hardly talking about a neophyte here - the man was part of bands such as Cryptal Darkness, The Eternal and InSomnius Dei, which also means he's well aware of the fact that burning passion for art is the key element if one is to submerge himself to the murky waters of this particular genre. To quote but a part of Terry's own lyrics taken from the opening song, "Between Apes And Angels": "Singing in colours becoming octaves unknown / We in turn then become thought itself" - not exactly Motley Crue "groupies & cocaine" way of thinking here, you see.
'Subterranean Disposition' is an album that is both accessible (in lack of a better word) and demanding - sure, this is slow, heavy and sorrowful as set in stone by the early works of My Dying Bride, Anathema, Paradise Lost and Katatonia but paying attention reveals various different ingredients enriching the style and outcome of these 5 lengthy songs. Mixing in Pink Floyd-type psychedelia, some near-progressive metal guitar playing and bits that wouldn't sound out of place on a mid-period Ulver release - not to mention all used in a clever manner and not just slapped randomly for the sake of it - makes this album an intriguing listen. The vocals are just as varied as the music, so no monotone on that front too, which is always welcome. Here's a doom album that wouldn't exactly bury your sanity under tons of self-pity and depression but one that asks questions and gives hints on the possible answers at the same time. Take this like the equivalent of having a glass of fine red wine after a hard day, if you wish.