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(EchO) - Devoid Of Illusions (CD)

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Bad Mood Man Music / Solitude Productions presents the debut album by an Italian band (EchO)! Outstanding music which cannot be limited by the frames of a certain style combines heavy guitars with atmospheric keyboards, deep growling and clean male vocals while the music varies from extreme death doom metal to aerial post rock. «Devoid Of Illusions» is based on perfect performance and intent attention to details such as arrangement or CD artwork. The album was recorded in UK at Priory Recording Studios (Sutton Coldfield) and CMAT Studios (Birmingham) and produced by Greg Chandler (vocals and guitars in Esoteric) who also appeared as vocalist at the final track!

Tracklist:
1 Intro 0:45
2 Summoning The Crimson Soul 7:29
3 Unforgiven March 9:23
4 The Coldest Land 9:08
5 Internal Morphosis 9:17
6 Omnivoid 8:23
7 Disclaiming My Faullts 7:22
8 Once Was A Man 6:44
9 Sounds From Out Of Space 7:26

Artist:
(EchO)
Artist Country:
Italy
Album Year:
2011
Title:
Devoid Of Illusions
Style:
dark metal / doom death
Format:
CD
Type:
CD Album
Package:
Jewel Case
Additional info:
debut album
Label:
BadMoodMan Music
Cat No:
BMM. 047-11
Release Year:
2011
Country Of Manufacture:
Russia
Review
Metal.de
7/10
18.02.2012

Qualitätsschwankungen bei den Veröffentlichungen sind bei einem Label wie Solitude Productions oder deren Sublabel Bad Moon Man Music quasi vorprogrammiert. Allein die schiere Masse an Veröffentlichungen macht es nahezu Unmöglich, nur hochklassige Produkte abzuliefern, allerdings ist die Anzahl an hörbaren Bands beachtlich. Auch die Italiener (ECHO) reihen sich zumindest im oberen Mittelfeld ein.

Dabei hätte es sogar deutlich besser um "Devoid Of Illusions" stehen können. Die sechsköpfige Truppe hat nur einen Fehler gemacht: Sie wollte schlussendlich zu viel. Ihre sehr melodische Mischung aus Doom und Death Metal entpuppt sich nämlich als Garant für wundervolle Momente. Ein großer Pluspunkt ist dabei Sänger Antonio Cantarin, der sowohl bei den größtenteils clean gesungenen Vocals als auch bei den tiefen Growls überzeugt. Aber auch der Rest der Band hat ein gutes Gespür für düstere Leads, nötige Abwechslung und brachial hereinbrechende Gitarrenwände. Wie gesagt, "Devoid Of Illusions" könnte richtig abräumen, aber eben nur fast. Denn zwischen wirklichen Brechern wie "Omnivoid" oder zärtlichen Stücken wie "Once Was A Man", die auch die eher zartbesaiteten Gemüter befriedigen dürften, finden sich immer wie Lückenfüllerparts, die eher ermüden.

Das alles ist aber gar nicht mal so tragisch, sondern nur ein kleiner Schönheitsfehler bei einem Album, an dem es nicht viel auszusetzen gibt. Vergleiche braucht man da gar nicht groß zu ziehen, aber Fans neuerer KATATONIA können definitiv mal die Ohren spitzen, genau wie eigentlich alle, die auf viel Melodien und doomige Schwere stehen. Also wieder kein Fehlgriff des russischen Labels.

Author: The.Beaver
Review
Hymnes Funeraires
8.5/10
05.02.2012

The music industry is a hard one, especially if the label promotes metal genres that are not so “mainstream”. As a record label it’s normal to search for that kind of band that can make the difference from the very beginning. A band that has the desire for affirmation, vision and of course a really good album to release.

Bad Mood Man Music have found all this good aspects in (Echo), a melodic doom / death metal band from Italy. Until now (Echo) have self-produced a demo entitled “Omnivoid”, containing five tracks, and later, in 2010, a promo, again, self-produced. This promo was released as a preview of the first album “Devoid of Illusions”, album recorded at the Priory Recording Studios in Birmingham (UK).

“Devoid of Illusions” is an album that has no border in what gender is concerning. It’s really hard to categorize them as being X or Y. The diversity of influences found on the album range from post rock elements, atmospheric to doom / death metal. It is a creation that has managed to attract my attention from the very start by its diversity and complexity.

A combination of all these elements can be found starting with the first song, “Crimson Summoning the Soul”. The song begins with a simple “play” of notes on the guitar, but quickly loses its simplicity once these notes are backed by heavy, low tuned riffs and haunting keyboard passages, passages that sound more like a “choir”, a choir that gives substance to the song and a mystique feeling, even alluring. This track is a mix of atmospheric doom metal and some post metal elements, clean and harsh vocals, brutal metal riffs and melancholic piano lines.

The second song, “Unforgiven March” keeps largely to the line of the first song. “The Coldest Land” brings us a moment of piece and tranquillity, still it’s an apparent calm. Behind this apparent calm actually there’s a cold, desolate and sorrowful atmosphere, it’s a classic doom metal track with soaring guitar lines.

One interesting part for the doom metal fans, especially those who are into funeral doom, is the last song, “Sounds from Out of Space” (Feat. Greg Chandler) and yes, if you say Greg Chandler you can expect a very heavy Esoteric influence in the song. In fact it is a blend between the extremes, chaotic and esoteric dark atmosphere and a serene, dreamy and nostalgic Echo atmosphere.

Some quick info about the other tracks: “Omnivoid” – a very experimental track, “Once was a Man” – a track with very strong post rock influences.

“Devoid of Illusions” is really a journey, an experience somewhat unique, an original way to explore every corner of what doom metal means and all the influences which it may include. No borders between songs, experimental influence (Omnivoid), post rock (Once Was a Man), funeral (Sounds from Out of Space), doom-death metal (The Coldest Land) and all of these wrapped in one material named “Devoid of Illusions” and played by a really good band Echo.

Author: Zamo
Review
Ave Noctum
9/10
16.02.2012

I’m starting to wonder if this 45s “Intro” is one of those which is played at a frequency only under 20′s can hear.

“Summoning the Crimson Soul” however is very audible. And very enjoyable to boot. The album as a whole reminds me a lot of Anathema and Opeth in the way it breaks down to beautiful piano pieces and then blasts back into heavily distorted guitars with death vocals.

Simone Mutolo tickles the ivories whilst Mauro Ragnoli and Simone Saccheri churn out powerful riffs followed by delicate picking on their guitars to Antonio Cantarin’s slow lengthy roars on “Unforgiven March”. And he’s not confined to roars, as he proves by singing ever so sweetly and melancholically.

All the tracks are of epic lengths and have more than one movement, making them involved and absorbing. I would say they slow down for “The Coldest Land”, but then they never really speed up, they just vary heaviness but keep things beautifully doomy.
Paolo Copeta’s brush strokes on his cymbals slowly become light taps then a steady rhythm on the toms and finally powerful snare pounding and hyper fast triggered kick drum clicking when warranted by “Internal Morphosis”.
Going very Pink Floyd for the intro to “Omnivoid”, the aural soundscape flows into the heavier guitar sustains all the while the keyboards keep the hypnotic base melody intact as an ever present undercurrent.
Perhaps calling “Disclaiming My Faults” haunting and mournful is a little cheesy, but I’ve used ‘beautiful’ far too many times already and the way the lead tugs at your heartstrings and brings tears to the eye is nigh on perfect. And just before it ends it kicks into the heaviest riffs they play, with the blasting drums and depth of the guttural roars only matched by Agostino Bellini bass riffs.

On the other hand “Once Was a Man” slowly weaves the keyboards into the guitars without the need to distort them and keeping the drumming light and soft, ’til the lead where the crescendo is required to climax exquisite.
Greg Chandler plays guitar and does some guest vocals on “Sounds from Out of Space” which concludes the album in a slow plodding fashion filled with black metal screams over drawn out sombre riffs as well as sorrowful clean vocals accompanied by mournfully picked guitar.

To be fair, I don’t really think my review does this album anywhere as much justice as it deserves because every listen has brought out extra layers that I didn’t hear the previous time and I’m pretty sure that’s going to keep happening for each repeated listen. If you enjoy doom death, you’ll love this. Just trust me on that one.

Author: Marco Gaminara
Review
Doom Metal Front
8.5/10

Mit einer ordentlichen Portion musikalischem Talent und klasse Songideen ausgestattet, vermag das italienische Sextett (EchO) auf seinem, seit der Gründung 2007 ersten Longplayer Devoid Of Illusions, äußerst positiven Nachhall in meinen Gehörgängen zu hinterlassen. Schon der simple Rückgriff auf ein einfaches Instrumental-Intro erzeugt hier innerhalb von nur 45 Sekunden einen gekonnten Spannungsbogen, der in „Summoning The Crimson Soul“ mündet und die besonderen Fähigkeiten dieser Band von Anfang an deutlich macht. Sofort wird klar, dass die beiden Gitarristen Mauro Ragnoli und Simone Saccheri im Zusammenspiel mit Basser Agostino Bellini und Drummer Paolo Copeta dazu überaus befähigt sind, sowohl härtere Sounds, als auch Postrock Elemente erstklassig zu erzeugen. Hinzu gesellen sich tiefe Death Grunts und sehr professionell wirkender, männlicher Klargesang, der in Person von Antonio Cantarin dargeboten wird, sowie traumhafte Keyboardklänge und Pianomelodien. Letztere wurden von Tastenmann Simone Mutolo darüber hinaus nicht künstlich kreiert, sondern dem klassischen Instrument entlockt. Genau dieses Piano bildet, nach liebevoll eingepflegtem Schallplattenknistern, das Leitmotiv für „Unforgiven March“ in dem der Cleangesang sogar ein ganz klein wenig an Morten Harket´s von A-HA erinnert. Überhaupt erscheinen Titel wie The „Coldest Land“, „Disclaiming My Faullts“ oder „Once Was A Man“ fast schon Popsong-artig, würden sie nicht durch Growls und postrockige oder metallische Instrumentalausbrüche unterbrochen werden. Zum krönenden Abschluss versetzt dann auch noch Esoteric-Mastermind Greg Chandler, der den in England aufgenommenen Silberling darüber hinaus produzierte, seine Stimmbänder für „Sounds From Out Of Space“ genial monströs in Vibrationen. Bezüglich des Artworks überließ man ebenfalls nichts dem Zufall und engagierte keinen geringeren als Eliran Kantor, der u.a. bereits Alben von Sodom, Testament und Atheist graphisch veredelte.

Author: Slowmas
Review
Lords of Metal
7.8/10

Zoals menigeen al wel zal weten zijn Italiaanse metal en ik geen gelukkig huwelijk. Maar af en toe is er een lichtpuntje. En laat nou net (EchO) met ‘Devoid Of Illusions’ zo’n lichtpuntje zijn. Wat (EchO) over de wereld uitstort met dit debuut is melodieuze death doom met klasse en voorzien van een geweldig geluid. Maar wat wil je dan ook als het geheel gemixt en gemasterd is in de Priory Recording Studios door Greg Chandler van Esoteric.

Melodieuze death doom dus met een heel licht gothic randje en uitgebracht op het BadMoonMusic sublabel van het Russische Solitude Productions. Een goed lezer weet dan eigenlijk al wat hem te wachten staat. Fans van dit soort doom kunnen blindelings deze plaat aanschaffen. (EchO) brengt niks nieuws onder de zon, maar ja, wie tegenwoordig nog wel in binnen dit genre? Maar wat ze brengen doen ze vol overtuiging en met verve een heel klein beetje vergelijkbaar met het Portugeze Mourning Lenore en Spaanse Helevorn eigenlijk. Nummers vol afwisseling en dynamiek en vocalen die van clean naar grunt naar screams gaan. Deze broodnodige afwisseling die ook nog eens erg natuurlijk klinkt zorgt ervoor dat de 65 minuten die de plaat duurt om zijn voor je er erg in hebt,
Zoals al gezegd, niets nieuws onder de zon maar wel verdomd goed uitgevoerd.

Author: Marcel H.
Review
Alternative Matter
02.01.2012

Devoid of Illusions has that quality that is rarely found in an album that is attempting to fuse together elements of doom, atmospheric space rock, “progressive” rock and “post rock” and pure metal, in that it is successful and does the Italian band (EchO) proud. After the initial tantalizing introduction, the album faces these disparate genre elements and makes full use of them on “Summoning the Crimson Soul”, in equal part sensitive atmosphere and brutal snarling vocal, which on paper appears to contradict, but in practice makes for some genuinely exciting pieces. “The Coldest Land” again for the most part, ebbs and flows with the ambience of a desolate interplanetary landscape with soaring guitar lines and pulverising riffs breaking through the horizon, but at no point would the listener feel uncomfortable with the experience.

The use of the dual vocal style may be problematic to a few listeners as growling vocal passages are woven in with clean, conventional lines, but this can only add to the texture that these longer pieces are allowed to create. “Once Was a Man” is probably the one track on the album which gives the listener some stability and respite, and is, for the most part, six minutes of delicate whispered, other worldly vocal without the sense of impending hazard. A perfect example of how (EchO) have successfully fused psychedelic ingredients into the mix can be found on “Omnivoid” which utilises repetitive motifs and changes in direction and mood with ease and confidence. A standout track in particular is “Internal Morphosis” which steadily builds over its nine minute duration with true menace and anxiety, to eventually fall over the precipice into a maelstrom of powerful symphonic riffs and majestic vocal lines. Always a sense that, whilst the song is playing, imminent dreadfulness approaches.

The production throughout Devoid of Illusions, by guest vocalist Greg Chandler, is fresh and defined, and helps the listener through some of the more densely layered pieces. Mention should also be made of the albums artwork which, again, has that rare quality in perfectly capturing the atmosphere on “Devoid of Illusions”, part darkly malevolent and part enigmatic and unfathomable. There is authentic excitement in these tracks which lifts them above more pedestrian albums in this arena, and may be held up as an example of how it is possible to release truly original material without the confines of genre compartments.

Author: John
Review
Hellride Music
19.12.2011

Here comes another band whose sound completely redefines melodic dark metal through brutality and horror inducing atmopsheres, sci-fi, prog rock influnces and the resulting mental experience can be that of lucid drowning. To give you a glimpse at what to expect, here’s a hint: although EchO is an Italian band they feature Greg Chandler (Esoteric) as a guest vocalist on the closer “Sounds From Out Of Space” and he also is the producer, so dark/ doom death metal purists (and any unsuspecting listener for that matter) should have no difficulty getting buried in this release.

For the most part of the album it’s more prog/space rock with doom and death metal fusion and highly worth the 80% of it that does make a nuclear powered blast of heaviness and abysmal suffocating atmospheres. In other words it's mostly an atomic disaster of extremes that'll make even the most wary listener (due to the prog mention) be blown out of the solar system.

“Summoning the Crimson Soul”
I’m sort of feeling a sad drifting through time, lost and condemned for eternity searching for something/someone all due to the melodic keyboard/synth and the cinematic tone that invokes thoughts of a doom death infected Arcturus. Aside from the wavering and emotional “Deserting” moments one cannot be left without some blunt force trauma by means of death metal riff brutality and growled vocals coming straight from the bowels to decimate their Earthly existence into nothing less than a just a memory. Honestly, I’ve never heard anything exactly like this and this is just the first taste of what these guys have done here.

With the exception of two songs and a part of the closer “Sounds From Out Of Space”, the post rock gets completely disintegrated into oblivion by the rest of this album, thankfully, as it diverges into a seriously massive and bludgeoning surreal death metal meets horror with some slight space rock/prog tendencies.

“Omnivoid” is a shrieking psychedelic metal siren that goes deep into the den of the reaper halfway through with it’s cosmic meets gloom and predestined suffering meets sci-fi. “Omnivoid” is yet another almost like Arcturus song, where the band mixes the melodic/prog/cosmic/psyche themes and influences with the muscle and soul inhaling deathblows of darker metal styles. This song alone is worth the small price of admission, now if only the post-rock bits had been completely erased form the album in exchange for the celestial doom and devastation found on “Omnivoid” I’d be 100% sold.


“Internal Morphosis”
Starts out like a funeral lament with a heavy bass line thumping like the heartbeat of paranoia of something painful and horrific approaching, and then it becomes something to fear after 3-minutes of building up to the bestial climax, the grisly throaty vocals of Death’s calling hail down through an explosion of baritone slugging riffs to destroy all matter. Seriously, this one is really heavy and a cocaine loaded fully punching riff and percussion maelstrom that’ll leave your skull resembling a pumpkin dropped from a 10 story window. There’s also an unmistakable death metal worship thing going on here, especially toward the songs end, complete with the necessary guitar “pig squeal” and some good down the neck shred and slides.

Author: Janet Willis
Review
Metal France
3/5
27.01.2012

Si je vous dis metal et Italie, votre premier réflexe est de penser à Rhapsody (of Fire). Mais ce groupe est fortement réducteur. Car l’Italie regorge de groupes bien sympathiques et de qualité largement moins discutable que le groupe précité. C’est le cas de ceux faisant l’objet de ma missive. Nommé (Echo), ils officient sur la scène lombarde depuis 2007 et nous ont fait grâce de deux bébés. Omnivoid sorti en 2008 et Devoid of Illusions sorti en novembre 2011. Un groupe qui sait donc prendre son temps entre deux opus et ce pour nous livrer un doom metal soigné. C’est d’ailleurs encore une fois chez le label russe Solitude Productions que nous trouvons ce groupe, distribué par Bad MoonMan Music. Signe de qualité quand l’on voit les groupes, encore peu connu, mais par ailleurs très bon signé chez eux (Stangala dont une chronique est disponible aussi sur le site).

Du doom metal donc. Beaucoup n’apprécient pas ce genre épuré, lent et sombre. Et pourtant beaucoup de belles pépites sont présentes dans ce style. Notamment les très bon (mais introuvable) The Fall Of Every Season. Alors même si nos italiens lorgnent vers le doom de ce groupe, on est quand même loin de la qualité magistrale de l’album de ce groupe. Pourtant Devoid of Illusions n’est pas non plus à jeter avec l’eau du bain. Cet album sait séduire dès son premier titre qui donne tout de suite le ton de l’album. Un doom à la voix tantôt growlée, tantôt claire pour mieux parfaire à l’ambiance instillée par les guitares et le clavier. Instruments qui, par ailleurs se répondent à merveille dans cette symphonie dépressive. Ainsi donc Summoning the Crimson Soul va nous plonger dans des plaines froides et désolées que nous ne quitteront pas tout le long de l’album. Les titres défilent très bien, malgré la lenteur du au style et à la durée des titres. Intro mise à part, les titres font pour la plupart entre 7 et 10 minutes. Quand l’on voit que l’album compte 8 titres, ça laisse du temps pour méditer au long de ces douces mélodies.

Alors certes, comme tout bon album de doom, il est fortement déconseillé de l’écouter déprimé. Mais en soirée détente cet album passera très bien. Car les titres les plus mélancoliques (The Coldest Land par exemple) sont toujours contrebalancés par des rythmiques plus énervées. La voix claire cède la place aux growls pour nuancer ces sombres mélodies. De la double pédale sera même audible sur des titres comme Summoning The Crimson Soul. Mais ces passages plus énervées ne siéent pas forcément bien au groupe comme le démontre la deuxième partie du titre Internal Morphosis. En effet le groupe s’essaie alors à un metal plus lourd qui, bien que bien exécuté, ne correspond pas à l’image du groupe. C’est en place, mais il manque de la puissance et surtout la rage qui va avec ce type de mélodies empruntées à la fois à Pantera et Black Label Society (le son gras de Wylde en moins). On est alors en droit de se demander ce que vient faire ici ce passage. Heureusement le clavier vient rappeler qu’on est bien sur un album de doom.

Cette deuxième galette du groupe (Echo) est donc rondement bien menée quoiqu’un peu longue. Des petites erreurs se glissent par ci par là, mais la qualité de l’album est là et pour les amateurs de doom metal, cet album, sans être un must, est une bonne découverte.

Author: Mindkiller
Review
Doommantia
8/10
23.12.2011

(Echo) have certainly come a long way since their 'Omnivoid' demo of 2008, this full-length is proof of that. The band is an odd one genre-wise. They are goth doom, atmospheric, horror-influenced, space-rock, prog, post-rock, psychedelic, prog, death-doom and traditional doom metal all rolled into the one band. Greg Chandler from Esoteric did a great job with the recording and the production and he also has a guest vocalist spot on the album too. This is a bleak yet beautiful sounding release that should appeal to death-doom fans mostly but anyone who digs atmospheric metal albums should get many hours of enjoyment out of 'Devoid of Illusions.'

For every gentle passage that is on this album, then is equally crushingly heavy moments so this is a diverse, kind of eclectic 66 minutes of doom. There is no real weak track on this but there are tracks that stand head and shoulders above the rest. 'Summoning the Crimson Soul' is one of these moments. The atmospheric, psychedelic vibe that is mixed with the more tradition death-doom approach is a potent mix on this tune and even the growled vocals are different to most other bands, however if there is a weak-link, ther vocals would be it but this is a great opening track for the album. 'Internal Morphosis' is another stand-out tune with funeral-doom tendencies and a crunching heavy riff or two. This 9 minute track continues to build and twist throughout its journey and the playing is excellent.

'Once Was a Man' has one feature that re-occurs throughout the album and that is faster, more aggressive death-metal passages. These come and go in just the right quantities to keep the album interesting at all times. The closing 'Sounds From Out of Space' featuring Greg Chandler is one of the albums doom meets post-rock tracks. The post-rock elements seem to be the weaker parts of the album and I kind of wish they would just stick to the doom and forget the more adventurous post-rock/proggy passages. They do these passages well but it does disrupt the flow of the album at times. Another great track is the 8 minute 'Omnivoid' which is the albums most psychedelic doom moment.

Musicianship and production is flawless on 'Devoid of Illusions' and some of the arrangements are very well-done indeed. I feel the only weakness the band has is the vocals, especially the clean vocal passages. I think it is mostly just the heavy accent of these Italian's but it doesn't seem to match the heaviness of some of the music so at times sounds a little out-of-place. Apart from that, this album is great and should appeal to not just doom-metal fans but heavy music fans in general. Fans of bands like Opeth will like this just as much as fans of early My Dying Bride. There is a heavy death-metal edge too to this album of doom so even death metal listeners should enjoy most, if not all of this album.

Author: Ed
Review
Mondo Metal

La doom metal band (EchO), nata nel 2007, dà alla luce il suo debut album "Devoid of Illusions" per la label russa "BadMoodMan Music/Solitude Productions". Non perdo tempo e vi illustro cosa troverete al suo interno.

Il breve "Intro" d'atmosfera ci porta direttamente alla prima vera traccia.
Con un malinconico arpeggio si apre "Summoning the Crimson Soul", subito rafforzato da una cadenzata batteria e da scanditi fendenti di chitarra distorta. Una base di tastiere crea la giusta atmosfera, tetra e affascinante, mentre a dare voce alle emozioni oscure degli (EchO) ci pensa il lamentoso e cupissimo growl di Antonio Cantarin, alternato a un clean davvero suggestivo. Il piano di Simone Mutolo si ritaglia diversi importantissimi spazi, facendo da collante tra i momenti più melodici e tristi e quelli pesanti e funerei.
"Unforgiven March" porta alla luce una miriade di emozioni, che vorticano magistralmente orchestrate dagli strumenti e dalle mutevoli linee vocali, e che una dopo l'altra ci travolgono. Dalla ruggente disperazione delle chitarre di Mauro Ragnoli e Simone Saccheri, alla composta tristezza del piano, dalle sfuriate di doppia cassa di Paolo Copeta, ai malinconici giri del basso di Agostino Bellini. Bellissimo brano.
"The Coldest Land" alterna a sua volta momenti di dolce e romantica melodia a cupe e torbide atmosfere. Davvero ottime le interpretazioni vocali del frontman, che sanno essere tanto melodiche e affascinanti in clean quanto angoscianti e claustrofobiche in growl, tanto che si ha la sensazione di essere imprigionati in sabbie mobili, o di muoversi a fatica in un melmoso e denso concentrato di disperazione.
È un lento e angosciante incedere quello di "Internal Morphosis", con l'opprimente linea di basso che si incunea nell'animo dell'ascoltatore, e un tribale sound delle pelli, che non fa che aumentare fino al parossismo la sensazione di claustrofobia.
"Omnivoid" presenta sprazzi di disperazione e follia, nei suoi momenti di maggiore o minore intensità. Questo grazie alle atmosfere psichedeliche, che aleggiano e si insinuano subdole nel profondo di chi ascolta. Gli (EchO) si dimostrano grandi musicisti e ottimi conoscitori degli stati d'animo più cupi e oscuri, ma soprattutto dimostrano di saper riprodurre in musica tutto questo!
Molto bella è "Disclaiming my Faults", fortemente malinconica ed emozionante. Nel finale si presenta un'improvvisa sfuriata, seguita da un cadenzato e pesante mid-tempo che ci porta fino alla fine della traccia.
"Once Was a Man" è un altro brano delicato e ricco di fascino, acustico quasi fino alla fine, dove poi trova un robusto sfogo.
"Sounds from Out of Space" è un trascinato percorso, fortemente drammatico, dove spicca all'inizio il growling disperato della guest Greg Chandler (chitarra e voce degli Esoteric). Le clean vocals di Antonio, che subentrano successivamente, sono calde e amare, un perfetto contrasto tra le "parentesi" di growling doloroso e tormentato che le racchiudono.

Un album assolutamente imperdibile per gli amanti del gothic/doom, ma anche per chi ama la buona musica e vuole abbandonarsi per circa un'ora alle atmosfere funeree e alle gelide carezze degli strumenti di questi sei ragazzi. Semplicemente ottimo!

Author: MarcelloUnforgiven March
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