Dantalion – …And All Will Be Ashes

While listening to this album I suddenly realised that, while talking about the Spanish doom death scene, I always neglected to mention Dantalion, but there was a good reason for that: the Galician band, in fact, in the first part of its career was dedicated to an obscure black, at times even close to depressive (I really appreciated, at the time, All Roads Lead To Death), before approaching doom in its most extreme and painful forms with Where Fear Is Born, released in 2014. It’s very likely that the change came also after the heavy line-up reshuffle that took place after Return To Deep Lethargy (2010), but what hasn’t changed is the reality of a band always able to effectively handle the dark matter, regardless of the chosen genre. Today the stylistic coordinates push in a decisive direction towards a seminal band like Novembers Doom, obviously without forgetting the natural dependence on My Dying Bride and not disdaining to look at the splendid and consolidated compatriot bands like Evadne and Helevorn: what comes out is a great record, especially when the band from Vigo lets loose its more melodic and melancholic vein (Crimson Tide). …And All Will Be Ashes starts very well, with the first three tracks (besides the already mentioned one, the beautiful and evocative Fleshly Sin and A River Of Depravation, which pays homage to the first Paradise Lost) effective and intense as it’s required by the genre, then it fades slightly in the central part: Desperation Nights is lifted, after a rather opaque beginning, by a nice guitar work in the second part, Shadows Doomed To Die is more or less the same, while Tears Of Ash, placed in the middle, is a short and interlocutory instrumental. The final track, No Place For Faith, with its fine lead guitar work, brings the album back to the level of the first half, leaving good feelings. The turning point of Dantalion finally gives to the fans another good death doom band, taking away an equally good one to those who preferred the black traits of their first part of career: to those who want to deepen just this period I recommend to listen to the comprehensive compilation The Ravens Fly Again, released in 2014, which collects the best of the first four full length, while the others can only follow the Spanish band in this new incarnation, equally convincing.

2016 – Sleaszy Rider Records