Band: Demetra Sine Die
Band Website: http://www.demetrasinedie.com
Label: Bloodrock Records
Release Date: 2012
This is the second full-length CD from these Italians who go by the name Demetra Sine Die and it’s entitled A Quiet Land of Fear. Well there is very little “quiet” about this disc but it certainly has more than its share of “foreboding.” The quartet is made up of Marco Paddeu (guitar, vocals), Marcello Fattore (drums), Adriano Magliocco (bass) and Matteo Orlandi (synthesizers). Musically all you need to do is check the label to have a pretty good idea of its nature: it’s more than a little heavy, a bit doomy, that much you know for sure, but there’s actually more here than meets the ear.
A Quiet Land of Fear is nine compositions, virtually all of them on the longish side, six-minutes or better. To touch on what I said above, yes there is pervading sense of doom that runs through these tunes, but they are flavoured with a healthy dose of psychedelia and a touch of progressive tendencies. The tunes stop and go, chugging along, changing time and tempo regularly, nothing stays the same for very long. But when it does the intensity builds. The atmosphere is dark and haunting but then it’s what you would expect from an album that is exploring our fears. Now having said that, there are many moments of near tranquility or solitude, such as around the 3:30 mark of the title track “A Quiet Land of Fear” [7:35]. That solitude is broken by some heavy distorted guitar chords. This then makes way another musical change-up at the 5:00 mark where everything turns a little spacey. The rather interesting “Kilometers to Nothing” [6:20] starts off with a soft psychedelic guitar lick that that’s supported by ethereal tones in the background all taking you back in time to the mid-to-late sixties. The interesting thing about most of the songs here is that for all their heavy-ness, there is a fair bit of melody on display.
You can tell this is a pretty eclectic disc that’s probably not going to appeal to everyone in the prog genre. But if you enjoy a heavy psychedelia with some complex arrangements Demetra Sine Die may be just up your alley. A Quiet Land of Fear has many surprises for the adventurous prog fan willing to spend time with it.