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Sweet Ermengarde - Raynham Hall (2013) - Review

Band: Sweet Ermengarde
Album title: Raynham Hall
Release date: 14 June 2013
Label: Équinoxe Records

Tracklisting:
01. Near Dark
02. Kisses
03. Raynham Hall
04. A Promise To Fulfill
05. Heaven’s Far Away
06. For This Moment
07. In The Time
08. Necropolitan Rest
09. Part Of Me
10. The Call Of The First

It has been quite a while since I’ve heard gothic rock in its pure form like Sweet Ermengarde offers on their debut album. Raynham Hall is going to establish the Germans as serious contenders for the genuine scene acts. The band was formed two years ago and took its name incidentally from the Lovecraft’s short comic story. The line-up consists in five musicians who sharpened their experience before in Rake’s Progress and Neon Dream: Lars (bass), Marco (guitar), Danny(guitar/keyboards), Rafael (drums) and Kuba(vocals).

Throughout the nine tracks of lush atmosphere and beautifully enhanced production, there is plenty of room for each instrument to breathe in its own significant way. The band’s ability to weave the crafted bass lines (which are the compositions backbone) with the mournful distant-sounding guitars, the delay dretched chords and the floating percussion compacting all the sections is remarkable. Kuba’s distinctive and deep vocals hover above it all, switching easily among baritone vocals, gritty growlings and chrystalline tones. Thus, Raynham Hall provides rich soundscapes filled with quiet sorrow and otherworldly obscure sensations.

Although some tracks reach the seven-minute mark, they are so far from resulting redundant or out-of-place due to an excellent and gradually crescent performing as demonstrated by "Necropolitan Rest", with a cinematic western touch, or "A Promise to Fulfill", which projects a dreamy/progressive vibe. The dreamscapes flow from each song to the next, and together with the variety of sounds and themes introduced, contribute well to the album’s overall success. Thus, the listener can taste the doom ominous flavor that is present in "Part Of Me" and "Kisses" (which in a special version has already been released featuring The House Of Usher’s singer), the charming string melodies weaving each other in the ethereal "Heaven’s Far Away", the pleasant melancholy evoked by "In The Time" or the ghostly coldness that the title track distils, just to mention some of the anthems compiled in this album.

In essence, Raynham Hall is a crafted piece of atmospheric and spine-shivering gothic rock which affects your moods till the point that an occasional rapture can occur. This album is unique in its kind nowadays. Highly recommended.

Review written by: Billyphobia (Virus G)
Rating: 9,5/10

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Band: Draconian
Album title: Sovran
Release date: 30 October 2015
Label: Napalm Records

Sovran is a proof that the combination of gothic metal and doom metal works out perfectly if you have top notch musicians performing and composing it. While the pace of the album is a bit slower and not so direct like on some of their previous albums, the whole gloomy atmosphere is outstanding, songs are catchy, flowing, dramatic and absolutely racked by melancholy. Most of the melodies are stunningly captivating, guitar sound is gentle and heavy at the same time, often we hear those typical slowly gliding evocative trademark Draconian lines and riffs which brings tears in the eye, the rhythmic line is crushing, just right to give that necessary dose of turbulent doom metal and slight aggression into these compositions. The multidimensional ambiance gets often fulfilled with obscure gothy symphonic synths which give to the songs such an unimaginable depth and rich sound. All of the songs on Sovran are nicely building up in atmosphere, there are so many layers and the one who would like to take everything this album offers should be concetrated on the music as much as possible, possibly setting up a perfect mood. Sovran is magical, soothing, melancholic and dreamy adventure, yet it is ponderous, powerful and heavy by partly remaining loyal to the formula from their debut album, Where Lovers Mourn (2003), where the band made a deviation from their early death/black metal days into a dark and doomy metal style which convinced fans of bands like My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost and early Anathema.

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