Review from: Music Swept Away the Colours

May 4, 2013
From: Music Swept Away the Colours
Published: May 3, 2013
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*Google translation of Spanish review

With a few months late, comes the debut of this one-man-band Australian country that not only has a black and death scene really enviable, but also hides other extreme metal bands that the label is committed Hypnotic Dirge we discover. Specifically from Melbourne comes the debut of Subterranean Disposition, Terry Vainoras new draft, veteran musician who has participated in many bands of different styles as Order of Chaos, Earth, InSomnius Dei, The Eternal, Hellspawn, Cryptal Darkness, etc ... This After addressing the death-doom, a subgenre that provided the best of times long past in the nineties, but in this album it comes from an experimental approach. 

The genera "mother" as the doom and eventually branch out the most interesting are not exercises in nostalgia but those who manage to project into the future. Either that Terry should think that without breaking with the patterns of death-doom classic, serves five long threads, in a compendium of good ideas, experimentation and most importantly, the creative ability to express them. 

Within seconds of plugging in the player, from the bottom of a jungle squeals we hear horror of prey caught by the predator, which serve to introduce "Between Apes and Angels". Clean arpeggios and melodic riffs to Officium Triste, inventive and unfold that touch emotional death-doom that engages both the acolytes of the affliction. 

The digital battery performs its task to perfection, resulting hype hitting hard enough and together reach the depth necessary to succeed in creating an oppressive atmosphere. Bases slow and repetitive with some good old touch of death metal. 

Terry has different technical and stylistic resources. We can distinguish four types of voices, from the cavernous growls, melodic voice, harsh cries a hoarse voice for the spoken parts. But the issue of vocal range does not end here. Definitely, it was a good idea to introduce the female voice that appears in "Prolog this Agony", a midway between the sludge and gothic-metal, which moves between asphyxia and the peace of their harmonies, but loses pulse this unexpected contribution. 

Touches really outstanding class "Seven Sisters of Sleep", a name used by one group of A389 Recordings. Here we see an ability to unite the different parts, contrasting environments, integrating effects as a structural part, such as playing with the delay to create the rhythm. 

But most times the digital effects are in place, the use of all kinds of vocal effects pedals, post ... just saturated. And Terry does not see an issue without effects adorn it each piece. While these help to highlight some parts, in other distracting us because they make us to focus more on the "how" than the "what". 

Interestingly these two issues are the ones I've been hooked. "Most Subtle of Storms" the first cut I heard the album, and is also the longest, grabbed me immediately. If you know squeeze, four chords and a simple melody can give so much of themselves. Also if touched with claw and imagination of Terry the result is exceptional. 

The hypnotic pulse double bass plunges you into a world of illusions dominated by fear and anger. It is the struggle against oneself. The letters are abstract but sufficiently descriptive. Basically we talk about extreme emotions ... something genre fans may feel easily identified. 

Compasses that stretch, a change of tempo and a sax? Genial! this is what separates the pioneers of the flock of clones, introducing elements that genre fans are not Become familiar and we received with surprise. Then, not knowing how we got there, we awoke on a deserted beach. 

For its part, "Wailing My Keen" is another step agonizing trip to having epic irremediable dyes. Between life and squirming with fear the great unknown void, facing us defenseless. Subtle effects recreate the transition between waking reality of a fragile and exposure to intense emanation of death. 

If not for the tireless promotion of people of HDR, an album so original and good times, we might have overlooked. Something that I hope will not happen to you. 

Reviewed by: Ko.Re
Rating: 8.5/10



Review from Necromance Webzine

March 29, 2013
From: Necromance Webzine
Published: March 28, 2013
*Google translation of Spanish review
Terry Vainoras is the musician behind this project called SUBTERRANEAN DISPOSITION and Hypnotic Dirge is Canadian label who has released this, his latest work, "Subterranean disposition" . A job despite having only 5 subjects reached almost 55 minutes long, So you can go and imagining the life of the subjects. SUBTERRANEAN DISPOSITION move around the grounds of Doom who promoted his early work of bands like My Dying Bride, Anathema, Paradise Lost and Katatonia , these compositions, so general, slow and sad and depressing cutting, alternating with times of heavy cutting means well but with a little more melody to this we must add that the band opens its borders to more exploration, playing sound Black Sabbath or Pink Floyd getting a awesome and very successful combination, as is usual in this type of bands, vocal records are dominated clean and powerful cutting, combined with some female records and more ragged lines, so does the instrumental because the known instruments are joined pianos, synthesizers, sax ... further enlarging dense atmosphere that prevails in epic Doom groups and we may also sound to themselves Ulver . One thing I really liked in the compositions of SUBTERRANEAN DISPOSITION is the excellent way they go from playing massively powerful playing style very quiet and away from the metal sound, which brings more diversity to their topics. This is a great work of Doom I recommend 100%.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewed by: David Déniz 


Review from Alarm666 Webzine

February 13, 2013

From: Alarm666 Webzine
February 12, 2013
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*Translated by Allan Nielsen

From Australia comes the doom metal band Subterranean Disposition, which is an onemanband, where everything is written and recorded (excluding a few minor guest acts) by Terry Vainoras. According to the press, Terry has also been involved in a few different bands and project, and that can also be heard on “Subterranean Disposition”, which is the band’s debutalbum.

The starting point is the well-known genre doom metal, which we know from classic bands like My Dying Bride, old Anathema, Draconian etc. Though you can hear that Terry wants to play around with known elements from the genre, and experiment a bit, it has all resulted in a quite versatile album.

The opening track “Between Apes and Angels” starts out quite traditionally with a calm, build-up intro, following with the heavy feature of a good riff and deep growls, and later in the both Aaron Stainthorp-inspired half-spoken vocal, prolonging piece á la Candlemass more heavy input, and in the end a replay of the calm intro as an outro. A decent and classical well-written doom-track that immediately draws the listener’s attention.

“Prolong This Agony” follows up, and also draws a few similarities to Anathema and My Dying Bride, and suddenly falls down into a silent passage with some female vocals. That unfortunately doesn’t have a lucky outcome, primarily because of the singer Phoebe Pinnock’s voice which lacks a bit power and tone. Looking past that, it’s a decent track with good variations and melancholic melodies.

The next 12-minute long track “Seven Sisters of Sleep” surprises on the way through, with a really heavy staccato-piece, where there is put a megaphone-effect over the loud vocals, and ends with an almost Cult of Luna-sounding passage. The track ends with slow doom and a sad mood. That mood continues prevailing in the following “The Most Subtle of Storms”, which is the albums longest track of almost 15 minutes. A track full of variance and with some ingredients added to the mix. The melodic fiddle-fiddle piece that suddenly emerges as a giant from a box, seems a bit misplaced, but most surprising it (the track) is, since we halfway through are met by a calm jazzy saxophone! Very special and original, but maybe a bit too experimental to fit into the track as a whole. A bit of sea winds and storm before a calm fingerpicked piece ends “Seven Sisters of Sleep”.

The album is ended by “Wailing My Keen” which – together with the opening track – is my favourite. A really good track, already when the vocals first kicks in with deep growling and clean singing. Goosebumps! Phoebe is also a guest on this track, but unlike her performance in “Prolong This Agony”, there’s a bit of luck. It is actually quite a simple track, but the dense atmosphere and melodies is all it needs, and the track serves as a perfect outro for “Subterranean Disposition”.

Terry Vainoras and his Subterranean Disposition Is definitely an exciting offering for the doom-genre. There are a lot of good inputs, but some that falls a bit off. As a whole, the fans of the 90ies’ doom-scene should listen to the Australian’s band output, since it undoubtedly has a lot to offer.



Review from Metal Revolution Webzine

February 4, 2013
From: Metal Revolution Webzine
Published: February 4, 2013
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Subterranean Disposition is a one-man experimental and melodic doom/death metal/ambient recording project hailing from Melbourne (Australia). The only member is Terry Vainoras, a veteran of underground Australian metal scene spanning a career almost two decades in length.

Subterranean Disposition is also a self-titled debut containing only five lengthy and epic tracks, the shortest being almost nine minutes long. The album as a whole explores the use of dissonance and ambience, lending a great amount of dynamics to the long passages of darkness and light. It is recorded in a true early 90s doom and modern sludge manner and one feels almost nostalgic while listening to this material.

The album ranges far and wide across musical and atmospheric soundscapes! It is also an intense, ambient and imaginative process of listening to this opus. It offers a few unexpected surprises even when least expected.

The guitars are hypnotic and harmonized while leading the whole thing. As supplement we have varied vocals, sometimes being eerie and sometimes grunting death metal vocals. In additional to that Terry he also uses to great effect spoken word voices. Add to that also sometimes mechanical percussion, seductive sound of the saxophone and heavy/epic drumming, and then you have a full idea what this material is about.

With Subterranean Disposition you can expect nothing less than all-encompassing, brooding, dark and experimental ride through desolate and devastating darkness. Esp. recommended for fans of such as diverse acts as Ulver, Cult Of Luna, My Dying Bride, Gojira and similar progressive death/doom bands.

Rating: 78/100
Reviewed by: Bato



Review from Crown of Viserys

January 16, 2013
From: Crown of Viserys
Published: January 13, 2013
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From Melbourne, Australia, comes Subterranean Disposition, a one-man doom band featuring Terry Vainoras. Also of Order of Chaos and formerly of Earth and a few others, Terry’s newest project is a very good example of what to do with doom.

Five tracks spanning just under fifty-five minutes in length, this self-titled debut shows incredible amounts of doomy heaviness with more than a fair dosage of death metal riffery. The songs, in typical doom fashion, are epics; the shortest being a mere eight minutes and fifty-one seconds long.

Vocally, Terry primarily uses death growls. However, he also uses to great effect spoken word as well. My favorite vocal performance on the album is “The Most Subtle of Storms”, switching between quiet, effect-laden spoken word to a very powerful roar.

The music of Subterranean Disposition is slow moving, and very rooted in the traditions of funeral doom. Most of the album is ruled by the riff, and these riffs are monstrous and heavy. At times My Dying Bride is evinced, other times Mournful Congregation, and even a touch of Moss and Woods of Ypres. Progression within the concepts of the genre are presented, most strongly in “The Most Subtle of Storms”, which uses saxophone of all instruments coupled with an almost 80’s movie soundtrack bass swing.

In all, epic songs with great riffs that keep the listener engaged is the order of the day on Subterranean Disposition’s debut self-titled album. Fans of other Australian doom bands as well as the Louisiana and Philadelphia doom scenes should definitely take the time to check out Subterranean Disposition.

Rating: 8/10


Review from Nocturnal Cult Webzine

January 10, 2013
From: Nocturnal Cult Webzine
Published: January 9, 2013
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Australia, the land of majestic landscapes and brutal heat has a disproportionally large amount of doom, and doom death bands filling the earth with their songs of misery and desolation.  Subterranean Disposition count themselves among that legion.  With Between Apes And Angels the album starts slowly with samples and sparse instrumentation, an animalistic isolation fills the air.  Stony riffs rise against the acoustic guitar and the sparseness reminds me a little of Tiamat's Wildhoney.  That is until sorrowful melodies flow in effortlessly and deathly vocals add a layer of grim hopelessness to the song.  There are references to early My Dying Bride and Anathema that drift in as the song progresses.   Seven Sisters Of Sleep broods and is brimming with introspective desolation.  The guitars echo with crushing despair as they lethargically weave between massive lumbering riffs and melancholic melodies.  The song collapses into a period of cold stillness painted by a minimalist beat and a barren guitar, but an imposing wall of near-industrial hammering drums and distorted vocals confronts your expectations.  Doomy riffs and a myriad of vocal approaches are on display as The Most Subtle Of Storms grows, and breathes.  A power metal melody surprisingly sprouts from the fabric of the song.  At the 6:48 mark a solitary saxophone and a tapping woodblock imbue the song with a nocturnal nostalgia which is subsumed by proggy progressions.  Wailing My Keen closes out the album and is my favorite track.  It has a jazzy subtext felt from its opening moments but they soon dissipate.  Clear guitar with an airy, yet somber aura fills my speakers as well as my heart.  Spacey guitar oddities creep in from the darkness before an avalanche of crushing riffs collapses in on me.  The clean vocals are strained, yet remain as emotionless as the deathly vocals.  The normal singing and female vocals inject emotion, but pale in comparison to the emotional depth of the guitars.  Subterranean Disposition's debut album is an adventurous odyssey through varying degrees of doom death.  They take more chances than most of their peers, a move that receives high marks from me.  

Reviewed by: Bradley Smith

Review from Aristocrazia Webzine

December 31, 2012
From: Aristocrazia Webzine
Published: December 31, 2012
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*This is a Google translation of an Italian review

The name is an Australian musician Terry Vainors with a broad wealth of experience, it is a bit 'that circulates in the world gothic / doom and was a member of The Eternal (ex Cryptal Darkness) and InSomnius Dei, is now joined the Hypnotic Dirge family with his creature the Subterranean Disposition of which has just been released the self-titled debut. 
disc divided into five long chapters of doom / death melancholic totally devoted to the primordial style of the early nineties, is the most genuine and likewise similar to that period can be expected with the English school of My Dying Bride to provide more than one occasion the basis on which to move, it is no coincidence that in the execution of the clean vocals of Terry that the scope of pollution are paid is more than one occasion as depicted in the works of the band of Halifax. 
journey bleak and adorned with sweet melodies and simple acoustic frequent moments, as is nell'opener "Beetween Apes And Angels", attracts many reasons, there are delicate child of the female voice provided by Phoebe Pinnock in "This Prolong Agony", "Wailing My Keen" and the strange cadences sounds almost industrial enclosed in "Seven Sisters Of Sleep", there is the feeling and awareness to feel oppressed when expressed you least wait in a progressive form which provides the appearance of the saxophone played by D'arcy Molan in "The Most Subtle Of Storms" huge chunk for the duration lasted since more than fourteen minutes, you want to be a classic while aiming in the direction of something that comes out of that world "old" and what makes it a listen not so direct and understandable after a couple of turns on the stereo, grows, grows significantly with the passage of time. 
"Subterranean Disposition" is an album of border, for those who remain deliberately anchored primordial era of the music scene may be inconclusive various grafts otherwise, in a manner equally those who like exploration in territories outside of what has been chosen as one foundation may lament development only partially successful, to those who recommend a similar job? To both sides. 
Subterranean The Disposition although not free from defect prove interesting, possess appreciable cues for the one as for the other type of listener and require trust and steps "on air" to give you what they are capable of, then you offer a chance to the album and would like it, the way forward is always the same: buy.

Reviewed by: Gabriele Strano 


Review from Pest Webzine

December 22, 2012
From: Pest Webzine/Slowly We Rot Issue 3
Published: December 20, 2012
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Terry Vainoras ex. InSomnius Dei and The Eternal, both bands that were signed on the Finnish Firebox Records and had their fair share of success (not enough I'd say), is the man behind this new one-man-band, some sort of continuation of the InSomnius Dei line. This is its debut album, a very, very good displey of Doom Metal that sounds like My Dying Bride gone totally experimental. And that experimental side of Subterranean Disposition is the focus point of this album and at the same time its highlight. Without it S.D. would have been just another Doom Death Metal band among the countless others. Although it may sound weird, I would label this music as old-school type of Doom Death with multiple modern and fresh influences all over, it has about everything a Doom Metaller searches for: heavy atmospheres, oppressing vocals, repetitive (but not boring), tormenting instrumental compositions, but also a shade of light here and there just to keep it interesting. Highly recommended! What puzzled me is after only a couple of spins Terry's clean vocals started to haunt me, haha, he has an excellent tone, perfect for this kind of music.

Rating: 9.5/10
Reviewed by Adrian


Review from The Pit of the Damned Webzine

December 12, 2012
From: The Pit of the Damned Webzine
Published: December 11, 2012
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*Google translation of Italian review

 If it were released a month ago, the new album by My Dying Bride, I could confuse the eponymous debut of Subterranean Disposition, as the new release of the British gods. But, here come the new, yet another one-man band from Australia, (and this year we broke all records) to release this five-tracks of almost 55 minutes. Terry Vainoras, the architect behind all this, is certainly not a fool, having played for among others in Cryptal Darkness, The Eternal and Insomnius Of all formations in the underground death doom, had a more than adequate echo. 
After settlling down on 'Hypnotic Dirge Records, behold, the first work which opens with the lines of crazed monkeys. Not surprisingly, the first dismal track, titled "Between Apes and Angel" and its almost ten minutes confirm the weight of a sound full of British doom death, which marks a point of interest in the middle of the track, where the item appears the clone of the vocalist of My Dying Bride, which immediately leads me to check in the booklet, there is just Aaron Stainthorpe, as a guest vocalist. Nothing to do, guests are limited to the presence of the voice of Phoebe Pinnock (a sort of Bjork) in "this Prolong Agony" and "Wailing my Keen" and D'arcy Molan, saxophonist in "The Most Subtle of Storms", but Aaron no trace. And then have to be a good boy Terry to modulate his voice as the vocalist heartbreaking English. 

As for the music, however, we are still in a rather embryonic in terms of rhythm, obviously still too tied to the classic style of a genre that suffers from immobility and absolute rigor. However, there are various attempts to give a touch of originality to the product, with the insert female Phoebe under the two songs mentioned above, acquiring something extravagant, almost avant-garde, even though there are the usual acoustic openings on which will obviously stand out entries growl and a rhythm pretty tough. It is certainly not easy to find new solutions to a genre that has not the slightest desire to evolve. Yet the good Terry, sometimes it gives me the idea of ​​wanting to try, launching alongside raids guitar not entirely original, but clearly influenced by the sounds of the land of Albion, others found that instead would seem just the desire to move away from Generally, as the pace suffocating like industrial / martial "Seven Sisters of Sleep." Past the minutes of anguish and that strong sense of claustrophobia of the previous track, I am going to listen to that song for which harbored an interest in the presence of the sax. Aside from yet another disturbing move, including vocals that go with great ease, from growl to scream and finally to dark clean, and sounds constantly imbued with a feeling worthy of the theater of horror, finally arrive to savor the breach of evil sax in a full moon night. Chills. Chills that run through my arms to break one of the most beautiful I've ever heard. I said that the good Terry wanted to try to differentiate itself from abnormal mass of bands that crowd the chaos doom / funeral, a pity that the digression was not sure of the longest. What is positive is no doubt that the conditions for an improvement to find and trace new paths there are to not get stuck in quell'immobilismo I mentioned earlier. You certainly could do without the last four minutes of the song, with the sounds of sea. To close the album we think the surprising and almost "tooliana" "Wailing my Keen", which reappears in the good Phoebe beside the lofty voice of Terry, who outdoes himself here ... In short, this first chapter of Subterranean Disposition, not it is so easy to digest, but also when you have metabolized the sounds from here, you can not help but be more than satisfied. To keep track wisely 

Rating: 70/100


Review from Tempelores Magazine

December 12, 2012
From: Tempelores Magazine
Published: December 10, 2012
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Subterranean Disposition is an experimental Death/Doom project formation from Australia. The selftitled album that is released right now, can be seen as a follow up on the Insomnius Dei album “Illusions of Silence” of which the man behind the project, Terry Vainoras, was also part of.It does not come easily, this release is one that throws you right into the darkness from the beginning and it takes it time to get to the essence of it, so you need to invest some time to get into it. The atmosphere you will find is built with the soft sounds of a guitar combined with more violent sounds from deep vocals. The contrast in that gives a great field of tension that keeps you listening throughout. In the album there is a collaboration with Phoebe Pinnock for some female voices, but this addition is maybe not that needed here. Yet it seems to light it up a bit, either a break into the misery or something that breaks the atmosphere. One of the highlights of the album is “The Most Subtle of Storms” where some saxophone is added to the sound. Now bands like Shining and Ihsahn made the saxophone a hot item into metal to create some extra, it is here used in a way that it has a good value to the sound. The final track of the album “Wailing My Keen” summarizes all you have heard which gives you the chance to fall for it. This release is one you love on those dark days and may need it’s time to grow. But all worth it!

Reviewed by: Sabine van Gameren



Released: October 27, 2012
500 Copies (400 regular, 100 digipack)
Experimental Doom Metal