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Arapacis – ‘Deja Doom’
Self produced, at Arapacis Studios, 2017-2018, by Jerry
Fielden, brand-new offering ‘Deja Doom’, from Arapacis, is a 4 track EP,
minimally mastered, to maintain originality of sound.
Artwork also by
Jerry Fielden, except for the front cover, by Shelle Macpherson.
Consequences Of Dreams – Very bass heavy intro, Sab-esque, ‘Iron Man’ like
drum sound and a clear doom overtone. Unusually refreshing feminine vocals,
revealing a gothic edge and a notably pleasant sharpness to the lyrics. An
audibly effective stripped back sound to the accompaniments, bringing a
freedom within it. Surprising gore vocal finale, adding another angle.
Generally, it’s a novel approach, making for a versatile outcome and a
comfortable listen. Relieving, even.
Drop Of Hope – Great exciting
whammy style vibrato riffing opening! Truly original. Again, the acuity of
those vocals gets straight into it, bringing in an unexpectedly grimy edge
to the line endings. A really colourful, multifaceted approach to the guitar
work in here, incorporating a combo of wobble, paradiddles, twiddly fret
styles and straight out, sharpened metal riffs. Taking it up and bringing it
down, in all the right places, considering that this is a more basic work,
it still includes a lot of variety and if anything, opens it up, becoming
all the more freestyle for it.
The Green Fairy – Good, clear,
confident drum intro, asserting its place and creating a darker sound,
together with the bass. The low, rumbling heaviness of the latter
accentuates the pointedness of the vocals, admirably. A decent mixture of
well timed gory darkness and sweetness of light peppers those lyrics and a
simple, but intensely focused bass line rhythm provides the core. Ironically
intriguing sound, given the title, but all aspects are audible, through the
changes in melody, tone and cadence. Even visual, to some extent. Ending on
a simple section and a lighter feel, the imagery’s best evoked here.
End Of The Line – A lighter sense to this intro, combining heavy and light
percussion, with a softer melody. Vocally softer aswell. More of a mellow
tone, generally, yet still incorporating some heavier elements, in places.
Interestingly fulsome sound, given it’s built around a more basic structure.
Quite laid-back atmosphere, generally, throwing in a few electrifyingly
lively riffs here and there. That’s the hand of experience coming out in
that riffage. It’s automatically audible. Far more instrumental basis within
here, but the vocals are no less powered, for that. In fact, that voice does
horror metal well. A well-rounded track, covering all angles.
– An all-round, relaxed, laissez faire approach to an EP, of quality, rather
than quantity, which still eclectically performed, delivers some novel
methods and unique features, within capable, accomplished hands.
For fans of Vampyre Heart, Voodoo Blood and Kyuss.
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June 6th, 2018, 7:42 am #1
ARAPACIS DEJA DOOM EP, BLACKHOUSE RECORDS JUNE 2018
Mixed and mastered by
Jerry Fielden at Arapacis Studios 2017/2018.
ARAPACIS are a female
fronted Doom/Progressive/Hard Rock/Classic Rock band hailing from Montreal,
ARAPACIS EP LINE UP.
'STRANGE' MACPHERSON, VOCALS.
JERRY FIELDEN, LEAD GUITAR, BASS.
MATHIEU ROY, DRUMS.
1. CONSEQUENCES OF DREAMS: - We are
off and running in a heavy doom influenced sludge fest, dark and gloomy with
infectious guitar work and a thudding drum beat. Shelle enters the scene
snarling and spitting as she gets into her nasty groove, adding some satanesque
evil growls among her addictive, scary vocals. This is a pretty heavy doom laden
attack that grates on your bones with saw edged teeth. Jerry's guitar work and
solos are sublime as well as providing earthy droning bass lines whilst
Mathieu's drums pound away, pulverizing your brain cells. This is a quagmire of
impending doom and Shelle's chilling vocals. Brilliant stuff.
TIME: - 6.13 MINS.
2. DROP OF HOPE: - In reality there is no hope in
this number as it drags you into another doom laden dark landscape. Mind bending
guitars lead us into the void. There are plenty of old school vibes in this
number, which is deep, heavy and highly addictive. Shelle is on top form and
uses a variety of vocal tones that send little chills up your spine, in
places.Superb bass lines and guitar work from Jerry as the number engulfs you.
There is no escaping the rumbling doom that pulsates through every vein of the
track. A slow and deliberate attack that smothers you with its blackness. Super.
RUNNING TIME: - 6.12 MINS.
3. THE GREEN FAIRY: - Old school heavy
rock vibes intertwined with modern doom sounds and dark auras are the flavour
once again in this number. Shelle really shines as she lets rip with some very
effective vocals, like some evil High Priestess, snarling and growling one
minute, then some haunting angelic style vocals the next as she keeps you in her
grasp sacrificing your soul to the highly infectious droning doom laden beat.
This is a scary, nasty, mind altering attack to your senses as the whole number
reaches deep into the recesses of the darkest part of your mind whilst churning
up your guts at the same time. Jerry excellent guitar playing toys around with
you with ease, whilst Mathieu's solid, heavy thudding drum beat drags you
further down into the abyss the number has created. This is a track that will
destroy your soul and will leave you as an empty shell. A classy throbbing
RUNNING TIME: - 8.06 MINS.
4. END OF THE LINE: - This
one starts with some pretty interesting guitar work that has melodic flavours.
The number ignites slowly as Shelle comes into play with her unique vocals, and
begins to take command, tempting you further into the blackness. This is a
strange affair that twists and turns, not as heavy or earthy as in previous
numbers, but has its own identity as it invades your mind with subtle dark doom
colours. The underlying menacing thread is there throughout, making you stay on
alert waiting for an unexpected forceful surge to come forth and smash you to
pieces. You coast along with the number with trepidation of what might be round
the corner. The track has a slight dark progressive feel to it in places. The
number is pretty creepy throughout with its slow and methodical pace, with every
component fitting together. Jerry produces very neat stonking guitar solos in
the latter stages, along side throbbing bass lines and pounding drum beats.
Shelle produces some really nasty snarls here and there, particularly at the end
and her claws were sharp all the way through. A highly addictive doom track that
is a bit different in context.
RUNNING TIME: - 12.08 MINS.
YEAH, This really is mind numbing doom attack indeed. ARAPACIS have once again
delivered the goods. This time they have taken 4 tracks from their back
catalogue, tracks 1 and 3 from 'Consequences Of Dreams' track 2 from their debut
album 'So Many Leapers' and track 4 from 'Netherworld', and given them a new
lease of life with a heavy 'n' hard doom makeover. Does it work,'oh boy oh boy'
does it work, yes it certainly does. This is a fucking heavy delight, a
dreadnought of impending doom that ploughs a furrow through your system. Nothing
fancy just brain crushing soul destroying DOOM that will leave you panting for
more. The main core of the band is the duo of Shelle and Jerry while mainly
using guest musicians for their last few albums , this EP and live shows, does
not affect the growing ability of the band, they just keep getting better and
better and deliver quality music. LOVE THEM. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED...10/10
'DEJADOOM' EP CAN BE PRE-ORDERED FROM
The Metal Mag 6 August 2018 Editor Reviews
Arapacis : “Déjà Doom” CD 1 Digital 2017-2018 Blackouse Records in the USA.
Quebec Metal band. Jerry Fielden and his wife Shelle Macpherson are back
with an album once again with out of time creativity. For those who don’t know
them yet, they are from a country where French and English languages are
commonly used. Hence the album with a French title “Déjà Doom” meaning Already
This album is a mix of four tracks re-worked with a Doomy
atmosphere and feel. Yet once again they are mixing Metal styles with melodic
voices as shredded ones. Cool guitar parts and riffs remembering sometimes the
earliest Death Metal bands such as Morgoth, sometimes reminding Black Sabbath
down tuned heavy riffs. For those into Doom Metal style you will get many
influences from Candelmass etc…
The melodic voice from Shelle brings back
to those new melodic bands in the same vein that is this music style such as The
Oath , now Lucifer are the bands who are getting inspired by those seventies
tunes. You might even think of Pink Floyd for a moment.
The Drummer is
Mathieu Roy and rocks it all, Jerry playing solos that are not the big ones of
todays bands but still gives a cool touch to the whole songs. You probably
wonder how this can be an album with only four songs? Well the length of those
are giving you a 32 minutes of joy and happiness for your ears!
Green Fairy” has a bit of tunes like Within Temptation feel with the melodies
parts yet those bands are just influences that pop into my mind while listening
this enchanting four piece album. This is really tripping as some would say. The
last song “End of the Line” is the longest one that last twelve minutes. But you
won’t realise such it flows nicely into your ears and sent you into a peace
A little taste :
Arapacis has its own world and it
feels good, believe me when you press play the band will take you to another
horizon. Their variations will help anyone to dig their music and get lots of
Metalheads fans. So hurry up to their site and listen up then buy the album
Winter 2018 - Spring 2019:
ARAPACIS-Deja Doom (Blackhouse
become a well-known name over the years for Metal Maidens. The title of this
four track EP already reveals something from the music style that we are about
to hear. Mind you, ARAPACIS hasn't suddenly become a black souled slow paced
doom metal outfit, but their music is a bit more heading into that direction.
The four songs are worthy of around thirty minutes of music, which isn't just
value for money, but it also shows that there are some lengthy workouts to be
discovered here. The EP starts off with the six minute plus opener "Consequences
Of Dreams". There may not be too many female fronted doom metal bands out there,
but Shelle Macpherson really knows to hit those notes right. She doesn't only
have a nice crystal clear voice, but she also knows how to growl and scream,
which is quite essential for this type of music. Jerry Fielden's guitar riffs
might be a bit slower here, but they have a lot of emotion, which is a very
important factor for doom metal. You just need to feel the pain and the sorrow
and he does it exactly right. However, the second six minutes plus song sounds
even better in my opinion and it leaves a huge impression on me. The BLACK
SABBATH and CATHEDRAL type of instrumental part in the middle gives this song
just the right sauce, that it needs to reach far above average. The high vocal
lines of Shelle are right the opposite of the low tones that Jerry spreads out
and because of that they keep each other in balance. "Drop Of Hope" is indeed a
drop of hope for those who thought that doom metal was as dead as a doornail.
"The Green Fairy" is just over eight minutes and as the title already suggests,
it contains some fairy tale type of vocals by Shelle, but that's only in the
beginning, because that will soon change into a more witches kind of sound. It
must be said, that ARAPACIS definitely cranks out these doomy tracks in a very
authentic way. Names like CANDLEMASS or COVEN could be used as a reference here
and I can definitely recommend this EP to all die hard dark doomsters out there,
because the high level of the aforementioned bands is definitely reached here.
The cherry on the cake is the twelve minute plus "End Of The Line". You can feel
the sadness and the sorrow in this song and on top of this all, there is this
flaming guitar explosion that will surely give you wings. In your thoughts you
can fly to the end of the line after this. The doomy riffs are drenched into
subtleness and they bring doom metal back to its roots. You can only understand
this when you've reached the end of the line. It's there after thirty minutes or
something and I've loved every single second of it. Over the years, ARAPACIS
have truly impressed me by doing so many different music styles and with "Deja
Doom", they did it again, for I'd never expected that they would deliver a doom
metal EP. And I'm so glad that they did it. They even adjusted the artwork to
the music style. The bird on the tree (I think, it's a raven) is a very doomy
pic to use. Now you know that the sun will never shine again. ARAPACIS consists
of Shelle Macpherson on vocals and Jerry Fielden on instruments. Visit the
band's facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/arapacis or the official
Arapacis website at http://www.arapacis.com. [9 points] (Toine van Poorten)
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