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ONIROPHAGUS - Defiler of Hope
Band:   ONIROPHAGUS
Title: Defiler of Hope
CAT. #: XM 123 MCD
Format: MCD [34:24]
Genre: Doom/Death
Released: 04.2013
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Tracklist:
01. No Colours in This Earth
02. Onirophagus
03. Incubated Mind
04. Defiler of Hope
05. Decarnized
06 - Blessed by Unconsciousness
Comment:
1st mini CD with 6 songs (35 min.!!) by this spanish band of heavy and dark Death/ Doom that will please every fan of bands like OPHIS, ASPHYX, NECROS CHRISTOS, EVOKEN, early PARADISE LOST, DETERIOROT, MY DYING BRIDE...
Necroweb Magazin (ger) 16.04.2013
“Defiler Of Hope” ist das Erstwerk der spanischen Bolzer von Onirophagus, die besagtes Werk zuvor in limitierter Auflage in Eigenregie veröffentlicht haben. Wegen der nicht abreißenden Nachfrage nahm man sich nun bei Xtreem Music dieser Sache an und legt diesen Silberling nochmals auf, wobei es sich allerdings lediglich um eine MCD handelt, an deren Spieldauer sich so manche Truppe aber mal eine gehörige Scheibe abschneiden sollte – sehr vorbildlich!

Onirophagus beschreiten auf diesem Silberling ein wahrhaft schweres Brett, wobei man sich in scheinbarer Wonne im Doom-/Death-Metalgewand präsentiert. Dennoch versteht man es, auch gelegentlich die Felle ordentlich zu gerben und entsprechend intensiv ist das Ergebnis, was sich gerade bei Ausbrüchen wie dem gleichnamigen Track manifestiert.
Schnell kommen einem da Namen wie Necros Christos oder auch ganz alte My Dying Bride in den Sinn.

Die Artikulierung ist selbstverständlich im tiefsten Keller angesiedelt, passt anderseits auch hervorragend zur Schwere des Albums.

Onirophagus agieren recht zäh, wandeln aber gelegentlich ebenso auf unerwartet lebendigen Pfaden, was anderseits für ein variables Bild sorgt.
Wenn zudem eine kleine Portion Groove in das Geplänkel gepackt wird, dann fruchtet das Geschehen, wie etwa beim Titeltrack, besonders gut.
Ruhig lässt man “Defiler Of Hope” ausklingen, was vielleicht für den einen oder anderen etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig klingt, andererseits aber eine ansonsten durchaus gelungene Angelegenheit darstellt.
Sicherlich ist das Material noch ausbaufähig, einem ordentlichen Trip steht allerdings nichts im Weg.

Wer auf schwere Kost genannter Truppen steht, der sollte sich dieses Teil ruhigen Gewissens mal anhören.
Blizzard [7/10]
Necromance Webmagazine (spa) 07.04.2013
Originalmente editado por la propia banda a principios del 2012 en una pequeña tirada de 250 copias, es ahora cuando el sello Xtreem Music, le va a dar la verdadera distribución que se merece este trabajo titulado “Defiler of hope” y que nos presenta a una banda que proviene de Barcelona. Este MCD está compuesto por un total de 6 temas grabados en los Moontowers estudios, asi que ya os podéis estar imaginando el sonido. La música de ONIROPHAGUS se traduce en una perfecta combinación del sonido denso y pesado de los primeros trabajos de My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, Evoke con la potencia y salvajismo del death más pesado de Immolation, Asphyx, Incantation; Uno de los puntos fuertes de este gran trabajo es la simbiosis de los riffs lentos y depresivos con las ráfagas brutales que aparecen a lo largo de todo el trabajo, acentuando esa sensación de pesadez y potencia que caracterizan a este trabajo que, unidos a los brutales y cavernícolas registros de Paingrinder hacen de este trabajo uno de las mejores piezas de Death / Doom surgidas en los últimos años. Salvo el último corte, todos los temas superan los 5 minutos de duración, cosa de agradecer, ya que tras escuchar por completo este CD EP está claro que lo único que pides es un poco más de esta banda. Cabe destacar la colaboración en este trabajo en algunos temas por parte de Fiar (Foscor), Xavi (Decapitated Christ) y Von Pax (Barbarian Swords) en las voces y Javi (Graveyard) en la guitarra. ¿Quién piensa todavía que la escena española no goza de una excelente salud?…
David Déniz [4/5]
Metal-Archives.com (usa) 21.03.2013
Onirophagus is a death/doom metal band formed in September 2011. The band hails from Barcelona, Spain. Currently they are located in L' Hospitalet. They are formed under the influence of bands like My Dying Bride, Ophis, Incantation, Immolation, Evoken etc.

Onirophagus blends a very nice version of "death" with "doom" to produce a brilliant crossover between Ophis and Incantation. They have induced pain-filled vocals in the songs along with some depressive riffs and huge barrages of blast beats.

Their music is build on a blend of slow-paced doom metal riffs and furious outburts of death metal in a sphere of painful and deep vocals. Their EP, Defiler Of Hope, consists 5 long tracks and one piano outro. It's a 34 minute long EP. Every song on Defiler Of Hope is a compositional challenge to the producer. The unique quality of this album is its appreciable organic sound that the producer has built into the final mix. This album oozes a very matured mix, producing a masterpiece in the death/doom metal genre.

My personal favorite on the album would be Incubated Wind, as the track starts with a very painful and beautiful intro and later enters into a sphere of sick vocals of Paingrinder, who grinds pain and provides us a with rich, textured, complex, and climatically-correct vocals. The 6:18 minute track provides the listener with complete satisfaction if he/she ever wanted to listen to a hybrid of Incantation with Ophis. On the guitar, Moregod provides us with, indeed, more godly tunes that revives death/doom back into the heart of measly music listeners as well. The album also provides us with the collaboration of Fiar (Foscor), Xavi (Decapitated Christ), and Von Pax (Barbarian Swords) on the vocals and guest Javi (Graveyard) on guitars.

All in all, this new band provides us with a perfect tone of old school with some really kick ass old school EP artwork by Cesar Valladares, bringing out the perfect theme of hopelessness in the album. They have restricted themselves to creating new metal rather than sticking to old school death/doom metal, which is actually appreciable. I personally love the band and would certainly keep a lookout for their future works as well.

After football, Spain has produced some awesome doom metal for us as well for us to fall in love with the country once more. Bearing the torches of old school death/doom metal in the newer times is really appreciable and Onirophagus is doing just a fine job. Good luck, brothers!
Obsidian696 [80%]
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