Trance Of An Unholy Union
”Trance of an Unholy Union” is the second CD from
Heidenreich, side-project of Peter K. of Abigor, who
intends to explore farther with this project than he does
with the main band. I loved ”A Death Gate Cycle” despite
it’s obvious lack of material (less than 30 minutes length,
even with lengthy monotonous synth interludes), so this
album did not disappoint me. This is 40 minutes long and
goes further, even if losing a bit tightness along the way.
This is truly astral black metal, it succeeds where someone
like Covenant failed: it captures the atmospheres of cold
void, hell and destruction, uniting them, instead of just
grasping at some vague sci-fi inspired threads of star-
Lots of keyboards here, worst when they are being pseudo-
classical (think Emperor), best when they are being 70’s
prog space synth (think Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze).
You could say it’s ”mature”, the way they incorporate those
sparkles of crystal clear computer-generated sound into the
intros and interludes of this album. It’s a bit of a pity
that they didn’t go further and incorporate this feel into
the parts where they ”go black metal”.
For the most parts of the music, Peter is playing with his
guitar a stream of complex riffs you have heard in later
Abigor, at times verging on the brink of being very
straight-forward melodic heavy metal. He takes that risk to
get through the ”astral majesty” feel. A drum machine
blasts carefully programmed, but simple rhythm; in the mix,
it’s volume is surprisingly high and you may get annoyed by
the machine if you have something against using such.
Thurisaz as the vocalist uses mostly his articulated black
scream, but breaks up the routine with his melodic clean
parts which work at their most effective when they appear
multi-layered in the climax of the title song
and ”Shadowweaver”. The album is sprinkled throughout with
movie samples and little synth passages that do not always
form continuity, but fragment this work into an atmosphere
of chaotic ethereality. You hear this often in
modern ”sophisticated black metal”, but it does not regress
this because the spirit is intact: it’s black metal (if not
entirely un-commercial) all the way.
The most experimental thing here is the last track, ”Heart
of Midnight/Genocide”. The first part is Peter playing some
wandering chords on the guitar in a blues-y manner, his
wife accompanying with the piano. The track ends into
industrial apocalyptic thumping, which I would like to see
them use more in the future, if there is a future for them.
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