Review: Dormant OrdealWe Had It Coming

Polish death metal done right.

Combining the neuron-blurring sound of mid-era Decapitated and the sinister undertones of fellow countrymen Embrional, coupled with some of the fury of a band like Adversarial, are Kraków’s Dormant Ordeal. For whatever reason, when I originally saw the album cover I kind of expected the release to have a hardcore tinge to it. This was not to be the case though, as the quartet surprised me with a quality offering of technically-astute modern death metal. Throughout the 8 tracks, the band show great skill in balancing out the callous bouts of apocalyptic turmoil with the cerebral cortex penetrating sections. Never sticking to one aspect of their sound long enough for it to become boring, Dormant Ordeal manage to avoid what can be one of the most common pitfalls of this style, predictability. That’s not to say they’re erratic or struggle to allow the listener to settle into a groove for long enough for the songs to become enjoyable though. They just seem to have an innate sense of when to add another layer or chop to a different riff before things get too familiar.

The riffing on We Had It Coming is both venomous and assiduous. Utilising many of the techniques that have been used to great success by his contemporaries, in particular Decapitated’s Vogg, the sole guitarist Maciej shows commendable poise. Perhaps the stand-out aspect of his style is his application of the tremolo picked notes that are gradually bent back and forth out of pitch, creating a tense atmosphere that constricts and releases your synapses in an exceptionally pleasing manner. There are some dynamic moments I would like to see the band explore more too, such as the Byzantine-esque chord progression during the outro to album highlight “Stoning” (Track 2), along with a few creatively layered passages that wouldn’t seem astray if they were located on one of the recent Meshuggah releases. The third track “A Dim Reminder” shows the band at perhaps their most hostile, while the two-part album centrepiece “Derangement Zone” offers a more perplexing mind-bending approach, replete with hypnotic recurring undercurrents and some subtle but no less interesting lead work.

The band are listed as having two members performing vocal duties, both named Maciej. So I can confidently say that Maciej’s vocals are fairly consistent throughout, in terms of both tone and delivery. The gruffly roared lyrics manage to remain intelligible even though they are surely creating deep fissures in the throat. There some strong similarities to the vocal style employed on Neter‘s album Idols from last year (review). Actually, come to think of it, the band’s style as a whole is quite similar to that of the Spaniards. However, where Neter derive some of their intensity from echoing tribal patterns, Dormant Ordeal deftly tap into the tension one can establish by rubbing caustic riffs and small amounts of well-placed dissonance together with furious energy.


For an unsigned band such as this, We Had It Coming is of superb quality. The musicianship, the production and above all, the songs themselves are all solid as fuck. There’s not a great deal here that I can fault. As Decapitated wane towards a groove-based lower energy state late in their career, a group of young satellite bands like Dormant Ordeal appear from their black shadowed umbra and show that Poland still kills. Maybe some orbital resonance will occur between the local giant and some of these younger Polish bands such as Embrional, Above Aurora, and Dormant Ordeal, reigniting their slowly cooling molten metal core. Wait, reignite metal core? No! Not that metalcore…

4/5 Flaming Toilets ov Hell


Dormant Ordeal‘s We Had It Coming was released on the 19th of June and is available from their Bandcamp page for the meagre price of 25 PLN (US$6) for the CD version or Name Your Price for a digital copy. But don’t be a cheap prick, swing this independent band some PLN for this excellent record. They deserve the help, and you deserve this album.

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Published on: July 12, 2016

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  • Joaquin Stick

    Maciej is clearly the better vocalist. Lol. This sounds friggin’ great for an unsigned band. Not typically my style at all, but the great production makes it more palatable than most.

    • Joaquin Stick

      After more listening, I will modify my statement and say that this is excellent and I am buying it asap.

  • Waynecro

    “The riffing on We Had It Coming is both venomoussssssssss and assiduoussssssss,” the reptile hissed. Nice review! Thanks for bringing this awesome band to our attention!

  • CyberneticOrganism

    That artwork >>>>>

    • No joke, top-notch.

      • Irma Foster

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    • Dagon

      I came in to say just that. A1

  • tertius_decimus

    This is astonishing! My favorite type of death metal. Easily reminds of Decapitated’s masterpiece “Organic Hallucinosis” which is one of the best DM acts in history. RIP, Vitek, I’ll always admire your insane drumming.

    • tertius_decimus

      This album slays, rips, tears into pieces! Thank you, Lacertillian, for the review!

    • Elegant Gazing Globe
      • tertius_decimus

        Thanks, will take a listen.

      • tertius_decimus

        YES! I like this from the very start!

  • i was jamming Idols a few days ago, and your comparison is spot on.
    this album is great so far, thanks for alerting us to the band’s presence!
    P.S. the word assiduous does not mean what i hoped it did 🙁

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    drum machine?

  • Lacertilian

    For those that are interested, I got an email a saying the band have made a bundle of this and their previous album available for just 30 PLN.

    • Elegant Gazing Globe

      $12.80 ‘murican monies inc shipping is not a bad deal

  • Abradolf Lincler


    • Abradolf Lincler

      yo, i usually dig what Pollocks put down. this is some dm that i can dig

    • Hans Müller

      The beard, the fur, the manes… I’ve a sudden desire for a really soft cushion.

      • Abradolf Lincler




    Killer review, Lizardbro <3 Will jam this tomorrow!

  • Pretty interesting how these guys weave in and out from one part to the next. There’s something brewing underneath that makes it’s way up to the surface without taking away from the main attraction. That’s not something many bands are able to pull off.

    • Lacertilian

      Spot on man, such a solid balance.

  • RustyShackleford

    Riffs are sweet as hell. Just a few tracks in and totally agree that they change it up enough to make it interesting. That’s the kind of shit that makes me like an album as a whole as opposed to just picking out a few good jams. Great writeup lizard! Yup.

  • This is RIGHT up my alley. Thanks for bringing this to my attent-shee-own, you beautiful cold-blooded scaly abomination of meat and sinew.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Dis rill gud.

  • This is awesome! Promptly purchased.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Oh, man. Killer review my scaly friend. THIS IS JAMMING! And as mentioned, the artwork is stellar.

  • “The band are listed as having two members performing vocal duties, both named Maciej. So I can confidently say that Maciej’s vocals are fairly consistent throughout, in terms of both tone and delivery.”

    I laugh-barfed. Larfed?

  • Dagon

    I’m not a huge death metal guy and this is a bit more “modern” than what usually captures me – I tend to go for crustier sounds when I crave death metal.

    However, this is extremely well done. I really like the lead guitar tone and the solos. Too bad my neighbor just knocked on my door to tell me to turn it down.

    • Lacertilian

      Dude, you gotta answer the door all gowned up in your Doctor gear covered in that autopsy blood whilst honing a large scalpel by hand.
      They won’t mind the noise anymore, especially when you explain it’s the only thing that drowns out the voices in your head.

      • Dagon

        Shit… It is the only thing.

  • Well fuck me sideways and call me back jauer this is really fucking good.

  • Spear

    This definitely feeds my need for Decapitated, since they sure as hell aren’t doing it anymore. Good review, Lizardwizardbro

  • To call the artwork “great” does not do it justice. Is there anything beyond what’s clearly shown, that you’d like to tell us about it? What was the inspiration behind it?