preview - review by dalia "gryphon_spirit"
refined and mighty Black Metal mixed with melodic Heavy,
Death and Doom . And indeed the almost monumental melodiousness of Astriaal if the more typical factor, combined with the will of touching
dimensions of terror.
Misanthropy is the debut album for this Australian band, who after 2
mini CD's and years of touring supporting Opeth, Mayhem Destruction,
Destroyer 666 among others, can finally propose a brilliant full length
of Black, soaked with intense elements of self-confidence in playing,
lively techniques, aggressiveness and many musical thunderous elements.
Fierce and proud blasting moments alternate with melodic, also acoustic
passages. The spiral of an intense Black Metal, at the borderline
with epic and spherical factors, and with all typical features of the
genre, lead us through touches of melody, of distorted effects, of
harmonic strings, and then hurls us again into blasting attacks of
evilness. Varied influences from many Metal styles give birth to complex
but well melted arcane sonorities. Result : fear, terror, the kind
of terror we want to feel.
The work appears vast, round with a certain spiritual solemnity
that however never exceeds in arrogance, on the contrary the tracks are
rather easy to be understood and acknowledged. A major soundscape makes
you bow in front of the irrepressible Black force, but a hand
reaches out caressing you with melodious acoustic chords. Roaring
bombs push you up in the air but never will allow you to
fall abruptly : like a ride on the clouds you will enter cathedrals of
sacredness, cut in the twilight, built by an intense
instrumentation work, always agreeable. The best example for that is the
track Ode to Antiquity : an innovative Black mixed with grand
atmospheres, blasting solidity and sweet inspired guitar arpeggios, with
iterative excellent loops : a real complex and rich track that is the
flag of the whole album. And the same themes appear in Arborescent
as well; a melodic Black as resolute as the melodic Death can be,
delivering a fascinating melody along with a varied string approach :
nevertheless Arborescent is anyway supported by dynamic blasting
drumming and biting vocals.
The instrumental Acquisition of the Stars begins with balladesque
tones which could appeal to
both melodic Rockers and progressive fans, moreover something of old
Metallica's harmony can be found, the harmonic intro develops in
crescendo with an overwhelming massive proceeding, something really rare
in a Black metal band : a track that belongs more to a melodic Heavy
crossed with melodic Death and Doom with an intriguing unforgettable
Again with romantic chords Reaper of Dark Ages that
blooms in a more evil digest supported by a thunderous soundscape, with
related double bass-discharge, high tuned tremolos, Doom and
melodic Death flavors, but also with more canonic solos and a nice
melodic outro. Slowing down with acoustic taste or speeding up with evil
roaring, it is able to let you taste another dimension of monumental
power and spirituality.
mysterious, surreal celestial and mighty ambience the instrumental The
Halls of Perdition keeps up the atmosphere created by Reaper of
Going back to the first tracks, the album begins with the same vast
atmosphere of hyper natural dimension and high sacredness and mystery,
thanks to The Funeral Procession, which is an orchestral
ouverture, courtesy of Austrian maestro Tharen (Dargaard, Abigor) :
Ritual hatred Construct makes contrast with the intro cause
it is a Black merciless attack, powered and interlocked nevertheless by
a massive melody. Ritual hatred Construct is also one of the
fastest tracks of the album together with its twin Revere the
Labyrinth, another evil, fast and conspicuous Black track. The great
harmonic chords begins with Glories of the Nightsky, whose
intro reminds so much once more of the old Metallica melodic guitar
sections, intro that however launches a cadenced anthemic-like Black
with great bass tonalities coming from drums and polyvalent strings.
The brilliant sound and production are the result of an attentive and
eclectic digital mix and analogue recording.
Another super album from label Aftermath that, evidently, knows
very well where the music of class is quartered. An extreme music with
fascinating contours of surreal mighty visions.
Misanthropy is not only suitable for all Black Metal fans but in general
for all those who demands from music a well balanced volume of contents
and a contact with the gates of superior realms. No matter whether they
exist or not, whether they are misanthropic or not.