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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: Arcturus
Album title: Arcturian
Release date: 8th May 2015
Label: Prophecy Productions

With the underlying black metal roots, Arcturian delivers such a grand surprise by simply overblowing all the inserted stylistic elements to a point, when you may feel all will explode. But it does not. Not only rich orchestrations, use of various string instruments and piano melodies found their way to fit perfectly into the picture, Arcturus went modern old school, and even added a fair amount of dubstep. The peculiar inclusion of electronica is not in any way abusive of the sound, but it rather gives it a hypnotizing and mysterious note and deepens the profound atmosphere of it. With razor-sharp guitar arrangements, blasting drumming and ICS Vortex's dramatic vocal work, Arcturian is just what we love about this band: bizarre, deranged and schizophrenic, even diabolical and wildly obscure at moments. With so many various elements being intensified to its maximum point, Arcturian is all in all a straight-forward, extremely cohesive and swirling work of art. Its core may be askew, but its atmosphere stretches from ghastly to romantic, from stygian to lucent and is from the first to the last note deeply vigorous.


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