Overmars / Donefor - In the Arms of the Octopus



Release Date: 01.01.1970

Overmars / Donefor - In the Arms of the Octopus


This is an unusual little album; two bands sharing the same members. Overmars, which arose from the ashes of Donefor, is an interesting band who play very doomy sludgy type HC to some degree like How It Ends. Except that these guys are VERY slow, the first song lasting for some ten and a half minutes! The band all the way have a terrific sense of melody in the way they use atmospheric and ambient parts to really space out the songs. This is not very easy music to get into and does take a great deal of patience as well as perseverance. Although the fantastic use of atmospherics and ambience does help to create a quite amazing soundscape, it does tend to hold up the momentum of the album quite considerably to the verge of boredom. The problem is that it makes each song considerably long and those with shorter attention spans or otherwise might find this album fairly heavy going. It is quite an epic piece of work and well worth a listen but be prepared to have a lot of time on your hands, as it will take a while. However if you manage to survive through it, it can be quite a rewarding experience. Now for the second half of the album! Phew! Donefor (which broke up to become Overmars) have a bit more accessibility to them and have a very Hardcore Metal sound to them. You can hear how they slowed done considerably their initial HC/Metal by adding the atmospherics etc without sacrificing their power or anger. Out of the two bands Donefor is probably the easier for HC fans to get into but for that same reason nowhere near more adventurous or intriguing. What you get here is a fascinating document of one bands evolution. This album is definitely not for the faint of heart! A truly exhausting yet ultimately rewarding listen.


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