Supreme Immortal Art
This is a semi-review. I'm not quite sure what to think about this lot
anymore....they were an interesting band, and I quite enjoy all of their
releases. It's also impressive how they've stayed _decently_ away from
the sickening media/etc, while churning out releases at drunken speeds.
I guess some of them work in record shops/are unemployed/etc, so they
obviously have a good deal of time on their hands :)
The last mCD, "Apokalypse" was quite violent and enjoyable if you were
to ask me. Most people put it off as something they quickly did to fill
a hole in their contract, or simply a few songs they put together after
one too many drinks. It was a drastic change of style though, and no
real "impressive" melodies/etc. were created, simply harsh and
interesting black metal.
THIS on the other hand is a jump backwards (or forwards depending on
your tastes). After about 4 listens I've basically admitted to myself
that the CD is a disappointment, and easily my least favourite from their
CD library. Everything here reeks of the melodies entwined with the
synth work that was found on "Nachthymnen" (a good album by all means).
High pitched melodic riffs picked at a fast pace, drums are more in the
background then the last mCD or "Opus IV", and a return to the more
raspy vocal style (something I prefer actually).
Sadly, a great deal of the songs really go nowhere :( Some of them seem
like a mass of melodic and tight riffs just combined without any
thought. The synth work (sounding like a piano at times) zips back and
forth, overtaking the guitars at times, and employing a much needed
sombre feel. There is a good deal of power in some of the songs, and a
few are even quite nicely depressing, but for the most part they are
less than memorable. They seem to be going for a more "battle" feel
here, since a few of the moments are a combination between
medieval/triumphant riffs. I also enjoyed the more bizarre moments they
added...much harsher non-musical spoken parts, strange synth
effects...and female operatic chants (??).
This is just more Abigor in their most generic and uninteresting form.
Nothing really special, chaotic, hateful, or enlightening; the type of
CD you listen to while reading or sleepy. A grand disappointment simply
because: it's a collection of songs that sound like a better produced
version of the throwaway "Nachthymnen" tracks. 40 minutes long btw.
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