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01. Lacrimosa
- Testimonium
02. Sólstafir
- Berdreyminn
03. Soror Dolorosa
- Apollo
04. Ulver
- The Assassination Of Julius Caesar
05. Myrkur
- Mareridt
06. Sun Of The Sleepless
- To The Elements
07. Moonspell
- 1755
08. Au Champ Des Morts
- Dans La Joie
09. Andras
- Reminiszenzen...
10. Svartsinn
- Mørkets Variabler

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Veri Jumala - Obsession With Sanity (2014) - Review

Band: Veri Jumala
Album title: Obsession With Sanity
Release date: 13 May 2014
Label: Crysella Records

Tracklist:
01. Obsession
02. Love Is The Lesson
03. Sapphire Eyes   
04. Shadow With Silence
05. Dying Alone
06. Wintersoul
07. Rain
08. Dream Within A Storm
09. Endless Sorrows
10. A Story Of A Forlorn Love
11. Sanity

Wow, this is bad, really bad. Believe me that I don't like to slander artist and what they are doing or releasing just like that but this German one-man band is simply no go. Eleven tracks on this album are just a mere HIM/love metal fan exhibitions and done in an almost unbereable way, ok, there are a couple of parts that show some positive compositional bright points and talent, but looking at Obsession With Sanity as an entirety is such a bland record.

First of all the production... it sounds just like a badly recorded demo tape, vocals are too much fronted and the high-pitched laments get on my nerves. In the background there are repetitive guitar riffs, even though there are some sweet melodies and leads that show some proficiency, the same goes for drums and the rest of instrumentation. In a word the whole instrumental and vocal side are completely uninspired. Really, it sounds just like some kids with a will for talent who are in love with Valo & co. grabbed the instruments and recorded it on a tape recorder.

Here and there you'll hear some nice synths and a couple of shrieks ("Saphire Eyes") that are one of rare positive points in all this mess. Most of the tracks follow the same receipt with trying to be as much as possible romantic and emotional, with some heavy additions and obligatory sparkly piano touches. Well there are also more atmospheric and acoustic tracks like the ballad "Wintersoul" which is one of the rare bright moments in here, actually this one is pretty captivating, even deep vocals in here do the job, so I just wonder why not sticking with this formula. Later on another quite interesting ambiental piece, "Dream Within A Storm", just validates where Veri Jumala is good at. And the man showed his ability to do good ambiental tunes also in both intro "Obsession" and in outro named "Sanity".

Beside before mentioned positive moments the tracks have no special drive, have no head and tail. There's no trace of originality, not even one word connection in lyrics is something not heard before. So, I just wonder for who is this release intended, neither the genre, let's call it "love metal" like the once popular Finns did it, is in a huge decline and hand on heart even when this genre was in its heights and many bands came out with similar things there was rarerly heard something bad like this.

Review written by: T.V.
Rating: 3/10

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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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