Morbid signs of Destruction
Beyond The Black Dawn
Awaken By Blood
Wings Of Death
Open The Gates Of Hell
The Book Of Shadows
BEELZEBUB -Vocals, Bass
CIRCLE: "Open the
Gates of Hell"
release date 22.09.2003
Review by dalia "gryphon_spirit" di giacomo____
|Months ago i
said in some reviews (and mentioned in some interviews too) that i had
the impression that the "Dark" style, at the border of Gloomy
and Gothic and melodic Death, would have ruled the new direction of
Metal. Well i'm happy, cause i see i could do the clairvoyant
in order to live, without starving to death. More or less
all genres get a dark, melodic , "gothic" colour : the
Gothic turns more and more to metal and metal is getting more and more
sad, melodic harmonic touches. I personally ( as doom,
melodic death and gothic fan ) couldn't be more content
about this sort of osmosis, which gives expression and variety. Result:
any labelling of Metal music becomes even more useless and improbable
than before. Being the distinction between good music and bad one
the only "watershed" that counts. I get another
confirmation of all this listening to the brand new sixth album
from Mystic Circle. It is still Black , and how!, but the Black
soul is looking for wider and more mature horizons. Black metal is
becoming more hybrid, yes (oh i see the horrified faces of the
purists!) but even more enjoyable. For jaysus sake, why should
Black and Death remain enchained to iron rules? No discussion:
Death and Black are the top genres and with all their potentiality is
more than right that they become richer in influences winning a wider
spectrum of audience. And Mystic Circle, like other important
Black bands , with Open the Gates of Hell, jump definately out
from cramped spaces and present an excellent album characterized
by very varied songs: from merciless Black (and you recognize the
typical Mystic Circle guitar riffing among millions) to a Black
mixed with Death , Heavy, Thrash and even with a Gothic and Doomy
touches. Yes, in particular the track "Wings of Death"
(nr 5) is very Gothic oriented with the insertion of female vocals:
a potential club hit , absolutely fascinating, agreeable , heavy,
powerful and sorrowfully atmospheric. It follows a bit the schema of the
beautiful and the beast , a fusion between a Crematory - Darkseed
Gothic and Mystic Circle Black (we should not forget that this album is
produced by Gerhard Magin - TOT - Crematory - EverEve a o.)
. From the moment that it is really well done this experiment can only
be applauded. Certainly many fans will not believe to their ears ,
but as long as the own roots are not neglected or betrayed , everything
is possible and welcomed.
Another fantastic track is "Beyond the black Dawn": Black mixed with Melodic Death, so much that in many passages they make me recall Kataklysm , both in music and a bit in the way to put the rasping vocals on 2 tonalities .
Do you want a symphonic, atmospheric , impending intro ? here we have it, indeed the cd opens with the short and instrumental Morbid Sign of Destruction which fades into the lively rhythmed Beyond the black Dawn: brilliant, brilliant. ah but you want some merciless Black at any cost, eh? Ok , ready : track number 3 : Satanic Rituals, fast , merciless enough with some Death flavour, heavy guitar riffing, with some biting hits of lead.
Fast and powerful , completely drum powered is Awaken by Blood, with perfect executed tempo changes, tremolo grenades, brachial screams, and a breathtaking hammering proceeding with almost brutal stop.
We go on with Wings of Death , we have already spoken about; after Awaken by Blood is a pure lust, a well plotted contrast in the continuity.
Deadly Ghosts is entirely instrumental atmospheric , slow, solemn at the borderline between Black and Gothic and Sacred , well orchestrated, featuring a variety of instruments and a valuable chorus.
But right, you want Satanic rhythms at any costs, so time to be nailed by the title track Open the Gates of Hell, with rolling loops, differently paced , not too much fast but disruptive , heavy . Book of Shadows is opened by 25 seconds of cavernous horror: a mainly spoken intro - that could be seen also as outro of the previous song - (a superhuman creature coming from the Abyss couldn't "recite" better) launches the catchy , powerful , raw, but melodic at the same time, body of the song .
Burning Souls is another powerful grenade Heavy and Black oriented, with catchy reverbering mid- tempo passages and a rebel attitude.
Finally the album closes with Demoniac Dimension suspended by sad, atmospheric passages and angry fast loops, between galloping, instrumental virtuosity and hyperenergy.
A praise to the exact and awesome drums: dry and sharp, when needed, but also bass sound propelling, always powerful. A praise to vocals too: brutal and superb, tempered, listenable and intelligible.
Mystic Circle new, Mystic Circle well balanced and fresh. Faithful to their "timbre" they open anyway a different gate to an infernal headbanging and to a spectacular fusion between Black and Melodic Death, with far excursions which transport us, with the track number 5, at the door of Gothic. A wide burst on Metal which will be appreciated by the fans of Heavy, Death and by the not narrow- minded Black listeners. An album that will be eaten by the use and not by the dust. Great innovation and modernity. No discussion
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