01. Welcome To Macabria
02. A Macabre
04. Angel Of
06. Incubo #
11. The Curse
Of Headless Christ
Undertaker & The Crow
|THEATRES DES VAMPIRES : "Nightbreed of Macabria" theatres des vampires|
review by Elisabeth "elli" Kellner____
their 2002 album “Suicide Vampire” which was much criticized for its
lyrics, Theatres des Vampires promised a major change with their new
album. Away from the Black Metal roots to Symphonic Gothic Horror,
following the traditions of film director Tim Burton and his classic
“Nightmare before Christmas”.
I have to admit after listening to the new album “Nightbreed of
Macabria” for several times I still can’t help the thought that this
band isn’t so unique after all, they seem to have jumped the
Cradle of Filth bandwagon a few years ago and never left it since then.
opener “Welcome to Macabria” is still promising, string
arrangements in a kind of Venetian style, the lyrics spoken instead of
sung. But already the second song falls back into genre clichés
– whispering voices, high female vocals and in contrast deep growling
male ones. The musical patterns are simple –
double bass drumming, keyboards, 3 different chords on the guitars. The
promised symphonic gothic isn’t recognizable yet. And it
doesn’t come through within the next few songs. Some of the keyboard
lines sound like taken from themes from the soundtracks of “The Addams
Family” or “The Monsters”. All the material
used is highly repetitive, with every song you get the feeling that you
heard this all before, the resemblances with Cradle of Filth are not
deniable, though Theatres des Vampires go more into the Gothic than into
the Black Metal direction.
track 8 “The Jesters Shadow” the album finally takes of into
the symphonic direction though the use of the violins in this track
seems to be misplaced and one still wonders where all the other strings
from the opening track have gone. Too heavily does the band rely on
their keyboards where real strings would have made a real difference.
And after a very promising, more rocking “The
Golden Sin” another fall-back into the female-male,
high-deep contrast of which the album is loaded, almost overloaded.
The lovely strings from the beginning come back a second and last time in the two last songs“The Undertaker and the Crow”, a song that is carried by the female voices and the acoustic guitars in it’s middle part and “The End of the Beginning”, a very lively song with folk influences in the beginning that make the listener almost start to jump – a nice change from the otherwise typical slow gothic rhythms. This song however, would have made a suitable ending to this album, but for some reason someone had the idea to put a remix of the 2002 “Danse Du Macabre” at the end. Oh my goodness…this is so cheap….well, the song wasn’t that good to start with (especially the lyrics “we fuck your soul out” to mention just one example) and now someone put it on the simplest techno beats available on a keyboard – Scooter meats Gothic Metal. It just hurts. And ruins even the impression of a not so special album.
from the last song fans of the gothic metal genre may like that album,
it is not a new milestone in the history of gothic and the production
side has some flaws. For all those who just want to get started in
Gothic Metal there are definitely better bands to start with.
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