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Dementia Senex / Press

““Heartworm” has proven to be a solid metal record packed with potential. Everything in this album is carried out generally well, from the musicianship down to the formula. The music itself is tightly played with some slow ferocity, while allowing elbow room for atmosphere for it to make its own sort of vast realm for the audience to enter. Even though it drags occasionally, there is enough for this album to be recommended to anyone in search of experimental and amalgamative metal, even if it’s not really for everyone in its sludgy, dark tone. Overall, “Heartworm” is an enjoyable dose of metal, and at this rate, it likely won’t be long until this band reaches greater heights of brilliance. "”

"Heartworm, nei suoi diciassette minuti, mostra una band dedita ad un post-metal/hardcore dai tratti piuttosto aggressivi ma sufficientemente vario e ricco di spunti melodici tutt’altro che trascurabili; se i riferimenti sono inevitabilmente i soliti Neurosis e Cult Of Luna, è anche vero che i Dementia Senex possiedono un’anima death decisamente più sviluppata rispetto ad altre band del settore, avvicinandosi, almeno sotto questo aspetto, a quanto fatto recentemente in maniera ottimale dagli elvetici When Icarus Falls. Pertanto, l’impatto di due brani come Unscented Walls e Heartworm non lascia dubbi sulla notevole tecnica esibita dal quintetto, capace di contrapporre ai passaggi più aggressivi momenti dalla grande carica emotiva, nei quali spicca una brillante chitarra solista, accompagnata dall’intensa interpretazione vocale di Cristian (che ricorda in certi frangenti il primo cantante degli Anathema, Darren White)."

"Another behemoth, the rare sighting of an Italian Moby Dick like creature, big, brash and positive with its use of the genre, submerging itself beneath the waves of contempt that might flow out of the so-called serious side of the nation’s musical taste is that of Dementia Senex and their new E.P. Heartworm. Fronted by Cristian Franchini, Dementia Senex blow away any pre-conceptions about the supposed validity of the music on offer and give the listener a mind blowing scrap, a fight to the death between the muscle and sheer power of the corporate metal world and the lone sailors battling waves of indifference and who strike at the very heart of the beast with Ahab like vengeance on its mind."

"..ed è dunque la rabbia cieca la spina dorsale del lavoro. Le strutture serrate, contorte e brutali del death metal arrivano solo dopo, offrendo un apporto distruttivo notevole ma mai prevalendo su un incipit hardcore indispensabile a far rimanere la musica dei Nostri entro i confini di una disperazione e rabbia musicale essenziale e vincente che ha fatto la fortuna di band come gli Starkweather, i Botch e i primi Isis. La componente atmosferica arriva solo alla fine come collante fra le varie parti del lavoro, ben dosata, mai invasiva, e neanche mai troppo accomodante, ma casomai si presenta sotto forma di pause, di sanguinamenti di emozioni tra una valanga di riff e l’altra, come momenti riflessivi all’interno di una violenza che appare incontenibile"

"I suppose the best way to describe “Heartworm” would be to say that it has the structure and flow of a Math album, the feeling of a Sludge album and the sound of a Death Metal album. It’s very much a (post)modern Metal offering, and a damn fine one at that. Like the better albums of this kind, “Heartworm” is an exercise in tasteful restraint. A DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN-MESHUGGAH-CEPHALIC CARNAGE ménage à trois in a crack house this most certainly is not. What it is, however, is a stellar display of minor-key dissonance, subtle melodic nuances and notes that crash and recede – not too unassuming or too overwhelming. It pops and fizzles in just the right way. Tempo changes abound, but mostly in short, sharp bursts. For the most part they are content to stick to a mid-paced approach with the downtuned (yet nimble) guitars and tactful drumming working in lockstep to conjure up the right ebb and flow to facilitate a continuously lurking sense of drama and (subtle) chaos. "

“Minacciosi come non mai, i Dementia Senex danno vita ad un suono nero come la pece.”

Shapeless Zine