(Review by Patrick De Sloover)

Deathronic can’t be considered as a real band, as it only consists of one member: Amine Andalous, responsible for all instruments, vocals and programming. The musical direction is described as experimental, as it contains influences from Black and Death Metal, in addition of electronic music, oriental, doom and old school Heavy Metal. Well, that’s a mouth full, and it gives a random overview of so many musical styles, that it’s hard to believe if this is just some cheap promo talk, or do we encounter a genius that is able to evoke a musical landscape full of surprises?

It took a few years to become this result as the very first recordings took place in late 2011 at the Parlours Studios, Kettering, UK. March 2012, Amine entered the Audio Sound Art Studio in Berlin where he recorded the vocals. The journey continued in April 2012 when Fredrik Nordström and Hernik Udd started mixing and mastering at the famous Studio Fredman (Dimmu Borgir, At The Gates, Opeth, In Flames, among others).  This last movement might result in a Scandinavian sound, better known as the Gothenburg Sound. Finally, the album will be released on January 28th. 2013, thanks to Mighty Music and Target Distribution.  

Well, so far so good, but how about the music? Will Amine Andalous fulfill all expectations?  I guess so, as it’s a real revelation from the first second on. I wouldn’t dare to say that this is music with deeper roots in the Black and Death Metal, as it sounds really open, and there are so many oriental influences in the songs that you will be surprised of the common sound of this album.

The openings track is called ‘Ephemere’, which is a short instrumental track that has an enchanting melody. The next song (‘Bloody Lust’) has a very good guitar riff, and mixed with some electronic dance keys, we hear the pretty heavy voice of Amine. Perhaps, that’s the only reference to Black and Death Metal. Next track is called ‘Kalila We Dimna’ and again we hear a very oriental tune accompanied with female chants.  This is music that made me think on the Prince Of Persia games that my son used to play, mixed with Assassin’s Creed! The two tracks that follow are ‘Disharmonia Part I’ and ‘Part II’ and again we hear well balanced song structures, with a lot of breaks, twists and turns! The keys in the songs are very important as they bring the songs to a higher level. Their mystical base is of higher importance throughout the whole album! ‘Anno 1423’ is the next song and here we hear a different way of singing, which results in an even more mystical atmosphere. Perhaps it’s not appropriate, but this track is almost ‘pop music’, and I just love it! Although this different approach, it’s really hard to say what vocals I would prefer. Every song seems to have an own hidden key, an individual approach with an own identity. The final track is a kind of reprisal of ‘Kalila Wa Dimna’, but this time we hear a mix without vocals, which is very atmospherically as well!

Deathronic releases an album with a lot of musical heights, and it’s a pity that the duration is limited to 25 minutes, as I could enjoy more of this stuff! Those that want to hear something new and refreshing, with a wide musical range, should check this release! The main concept behind ‘Duality Chaos’ is human violence, which is very present both in the lyrics and on the album’s artwork, done by Seth Siro Anton of Septic Flesh. Never thought that chaos could turn into something beautiful like this! 

My rating: 87 /100