the Dead" elend
distributed in Switzerland by Irascible Distribution
review by Salvo "Lovedeath" Russo____
11 years since they formed the dark-ambient Austro-French band
decide to begin an exciting travel into the orchestral obscurity (as
they use to do) with a cycle of five albums started with the previous
"Winds Devouring Men" and now in evolution with this new
" Sunwar the Dead".
For all those who don't know this band... I begin this review with an important message. Elend plays dark-ambient ...their music is made by an orchestra arrangements and the sound is an involving travel into an obscure path that seems nearer to horror soundtracks than to dark songs. Their songs are composed with a camera music approach, but with a black mark in the deep of the soul.......
album gets 11 dark chapter; Some of them are very brutal and full of
this album Elend are accompanied by more than 50 classically trained
musicians and singers! An opera that I try to describe in few words....
Iskandar Hasnawi e Renaud Tschirner have made one of the most brutal album in their carrier ...A brutality made without drums and guitars (...only by nocturnal and obscure visions made by an orchestral arrangement)!
The lyrics of this album contain like the previous one , the long epic prose poem begun on "Winds" combining personal themes with references to ancient Greek authors.
album is dominated by heavenly voices but also a strong presence of the
male vocal dominates the scene! The album is a travel that seems
neverending and every song gets its charm...an old charm that seems to
bring us into another time.....It's impossible not to be amazing
listening to "Threnos "
that is one of the most beautiful "chapter" of this
opera..."where the darkness meets the heaven"....
In my opinion, sometimes the male vocals are tedious and seems to contrast the charm of the music...Instead I give a very positive opinion about chorus.
every song are full of inspiration...but in this contest, it's very hard
to give a single valuation...an on the whole I can only say that this
album ...could be the soundtrack of your dreams...or nightmares(if you
prefer)....An opera to be listened in silence as if we were into
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