Intaglio - Intaglio (15th Anniversary Remix) (CD)

funeral doom metal, Solitude Productions / Weird Truth Productions, Solitude Productions
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A reimagined version of the self-titled debut "Intaglio" album originally released in 2005. The new version contains parts and sounds that were not included in the original version of the album, which is now in their place as originally intended. Every second of all the original source tracks underwent restoration and processing using top-class digital and analog equipment. Moreover, for the new version of the album, all drum parts were live recorded, without the use of triggering and sampling technologies, which is very rare nowadays. The album was restored and remixed by Evgeny Semenov (When Nothing Remains, Woe Unto Me, Sorrowful Land) at Slow Burn Studio, mastering was performed by Mika Jussila (Shape Of Despair, Isole, Unholy, Moonspell) at Finnvox Studios.

Tracklist:
1 The Beginning = Начало
2 Dark Cherry Day = Темно-вишневый день
3 Interlude = Интерлюдия
4 Solitude = Одиночество
5 Wind Of Autumn = Ветер Осени

Artist:
Intaglio
Artist Country:
Russia
Album Year:
2005
Title:
Intaglio (15th Anniversary Remix)
Style:
funeral doom metal
Format:
CD
Type:
CD Album
Package:
Jewel Case
Label:
Solitude Productions / Weird Truth Productions
Cat No:
SP. 155-20 / WT067
Release Year:
2020
Barcode:
4627080611788
Country Of Manufacture:
Russia
Review
The Pit Of The Damned
08.11.2020

A distanza di 15 anni dalla data del rilascio ufficiale del debut album dei russi Intaglio, la Solitude Productions ha pensato bene di tornare a riproporre quel lavoro completamente remixato, con un nuovo artwork, un interludio in più e i titoli delle canzoni tradotte in inglese (tanta roba insomma). Era il 15 ottobre 2005 allora, è il 15 ottobre 2020 oggi, quando la release ha spento le sue prime 15 candeline. Per chi non li conoscesse e per chi non avesse mai avuto a che fare con la label russa, beh sappiate che fra le mani abbiamo un discreto lavoro di funeral doom, che parte dalle abissali sonorità di "Dark Cherry Day" che per 12.57 minuti (13 secondi in meno della traccia originale), ci spingono nel profondo con le catacombali atmosfere create dal combo originario di Orël. Gli ingredienti inclusi in questo lavoro sono inevitabilmente i soliti, con le classiche ritmiche a rallentatore, le voci dall'oltretomba e qualche lungo frangente acustico che stempera una pesantezza a tratti sfiancante per quanto desolante essa sia. Il brano non disprezza nemmeno una certa vena melodica, chiaro che per chi non mastica il genere, non è che sia cosi facile avvicinarsi ad una proposta cosi conservatrice. "Interlude" lega con la sua placida malinconia strumentale il precente pezzo con "Solitude", per un'altra estenuante song di nostalgica battaglia interiore. Oltre dodici minuti di sonorità opprimenti che seguono sulla falsariga, quanto tracciato dal precedente brano, insomma la colonna sonora ideale per chi è rimasto recluso in casa in uno dei tanti lockdown sparsi nel mondo e stia vagamente pensando a farla finita. Ecco, "Solitude" credo che potrebbe dare la giusta spinta a tutti coloro che si trovano in tale situazione di equilibrio precario, quindi vi prego, maneggiate con cura e se non siete proprio dell'umore giusto, beh forse è meglio posticipare l'ascolto degli Intaglio a tempi migliori. Soprattutto perchè a rapporto mancano ancora gli angoscianti dieci minuti di "Wind of Autumn" (nella sua versione originale peraltro ne durava più di 17): la song parte piano con lievi tocchi acustici che lasciano ben presto il posto ad un riffing marcato, pesante, plumbeo quanto basta per darci il colpo di grazia definitivo e farci sprofondare nella disperata mediocrità della nostra vita. Amen.

68/100
Francesco Scarci
Review
Darkside
12.11.2020

"Intaglio (15th Anniversary Remix)" - переосмысление дебютного альбома группы Инталия, вышедшего в далеком 2005 году, под видом первого официального издания на CD российского коллектива, играющего музыку в стиле Funeral Doom. Также этот диск представлял собой один из первых номерных релизов тогда еще мало кому известного российского дум-метал лейбла - Solitude Productions, который только-только начинал свою деятельность. Собственно, не секрет, что основной движущей силой данной группы является музыкант Евгений Семенов, имеющий непосредственное отношение к вышеупомянутому лейблу. И спустя 15 лет активной успешной деятельности конторы, для всех почитателей группы был выпущен такого рода подарок - переиздание альбома Intaglio с обновленным звучанием. Стоит немного обратиться к истории и отметить, что сей релиз в свое время в действительности произвел небольшой фурор в андеграундной сфере - как дебют новоиспеченной команды, которая исполнила свой вариант похоронного металла, да еще и с русскоязычной лирикой. А учитывая тот факт, что концепт альбома строился на личных переживаниях от трагедии в жизни одного из участников коллектива, так и вовсе подкупал своей искренностью, и определенного рода смелостью.

Но это было тогда, 15 лет назад! С высоты прошедшего времени, конечно, сейчас от прослушивания дебютника может возникнуть больше вопросов, как к записи альбома, так и к его реализации. В действительности, для полноты ощущения от такого рода музыкального материала, надо было в корне пересматривать технические вопросы, такие, например, как неубедительные и запрограмированные барабаны, а также микширование гитарных партий. Что, собственно, и проделали музыканты вкупе со звукорежиссерами, взявшимися за ремикс альбома. Все звуковые дорожки материала прошли обработку с использованием топового аналогового оборудования, были добавлены новые звуки и партии инструментов, а для пересведения барабанов был приглашен "живой" ударник, вследствие чего драм-машина уступила место барабанным партиям, сыгранным живьем, без использования триггеров и сэмплов. Мастеринг произвел небезызывестный Мика Юссила (Moonspell, Shape Of Despair, Isole) в своей Finnvox Studios. И на выходе мы имеем - прекрасный образчик добросовестно проделанной работы, вследствие которой материал пересведенного альбома обрел живость и плотность звучания, которой так не хватало на старом варианте.

Определенно хочется отметить, что игра безусловно стоила свеч! Хоть материал группы и не блещет какими-то новаторскими изысками и техническими наворотами в исполнении, зато обрел второе и свежее дыхание, как бы это не звучало иронично к похоронному жанру музыки. Альбом, который откровенно подкупает своей искренностью и простотой, определенно заслуживает право на такого рода, если так можно выразиться - эксперименты с перерождением.

8/10
Uncle Drown
Review
No Clean Singin
13.10.2020

On the 15th of October, 2005, Solitude Productions released the self-titled debut album of the Russian band Intaglio (also known as Инталия). The album made a deep impact, not only because Intaglio were one of the earlier pioneers of funeral doom in their homeland but also because the music created such a powerful and memorable amalgam of crushing weight, desolate atmosphere, and profound melody.

It is thus entirely fitting that on October 15 of this year, on the album’s 15th anniversary, Solitude Productions and Weird Truth Productions will be releasing a very special “reimagined” edition of the album. As they explain: “All the original source audio tracks have undergone restoration and processing using top of the line digital and analog gear. In place of the original version’s programming, all drum parts have been live recorded without the use of any triggering or sampling technology. The album was restored and remixed by Evgeny Semyonov (When Nothing Remains, Woe Unto Me, Sorrowful Land) at Slow Burn Studio, and mastering was performed by Mika Jussila (Shape Of Despair, Isole, Unholy, Moonspell) at Finnvox Studios.”

The results of this careful work are stunning, and an experience that no fan of funeral doom should miss. We are very happy to give you the chance to experience it today through the premiere of a full stream.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNE6_jXzE2s

Of the five tracks on the album, two are shorter — “The Beginning”, which sets the stage at the outset, and “Interlude”. In between those two tracks comes the 13-minute “Dark Cherry Day” and following “Interlude” are two more tracks of significant length, “Solitude” and the closer, “Wind of Autumn”.

The striking clarity of the music’s ethereal aspects is announced immediately through “The Beginning”, a soulful and dreamlike piece that seems like a wistful reverie. And thus the contrast presented by the opening of “Dark Cherry Day” is staggering in its impact. The methodical drum blows sound like the detonation of bunker-busting bombs, while the sonic weight of the jagged-edge chords is immense. The slow, moaning melody channels a mixture of crushing grief and wrenching pain, a combination reflected in the range of harsh vocals. Yet the ethereal aspects of Intaglio’s sound shine through in the ring of crystalline guitars, whose effect is mesmerizing, though shadowed by a distant approaching storm.

There is a sense of struggle within the song, a beautiful, plaintive appeal in the chiming notes juxtaposed against the cold, oppressive, distorted clang of the riffs and the clobbering punishment of the drum and bass strikes. That juxtaposition is what makes the song so hauntingly seductive and yet so harrowing.

While one might expect the instrumental “Interlude” track to return to the timbre and sheen of “The Beginning”, it is instead another amalgam, a hybrid of gleaming lights and immense mountain crags drenched in shadow. It succeeds in deepening the tragic spell that the album has been casting, offering glimpses of hope but without forgetting the likelihood of hopelessness.

In the two long tracks that close the album, “Solitude” and “Wind of Autumn”, Intaglio continue working with the ingredients they so carefully and assuredly deployed in the preceding tracks, proceeding ahead in the steady and staggering march of great leviathans to their burial grounds. Celestial notes create visions of splendor just beyond reach, and shivering tones become the sounds of fear and weeping. The impact of the low-end chords and pavement-splitting drums remains devastating. And the reverberating melodies remain simple, but tremendously evocative and no less spellbinding.

This is funeral doom of a very high order, meticulously crafted and expertly executed, and successfully standing the test of 15 years’ time. It wears its heart on its sleeve, encapsulating a range of very human emotions confronting the frailty of life with haunting power, and also raising looming obsidian monuments of despair and death, too towering to climb and too massive to circumvent.

Author: Islander
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