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Cold Body Radiation – The Orphean Lyre (2017) - Review

Band: Cold Body Radiation
Album title: The Orphean Lyre
Release date: 1 January 2017
Label: Dusktone

Tracklist:
01. The Ghost Of My Things
02. Sinking Of A Wish
03. All The Little Things You Forget Are Stored In Heaven
04. At Sea
05. Orphean Lyre
06. Spiral Clouds
07. You Where Missing
08. The Forever Sun

Unfortunately Cold Body Radiation has been freezing its music irreversibly. This Dutch one man band was formed in 2009 and so far has released four albums and one EP and this is all that is known about this musical project. It is frustrating when I need to write a review about a band that is not interested in publicizing their work. The founder, who is? What has stimulated the accomplishment of his project? ...and so many other issues involved, that were simply ignored as if the fans, if they exist, did not deserve the minimum of consideration.

Making a quick and concise summary of the discography, I can say that it all started with a shoegaze style with touches of black metal, shortly after moving on to just shoegaze and this last album, it's an indie rock stuff. The band's first album was reasonable; The Great White Emptiness was an interesting album so to speak. But, followed by Deer Twilight with unnoticeable changes. A Clear Path was frustrating and The Orphean Lyre just buried the last remnants of black metal that could exist in this project. This is the kind of music for those who like the indie genre; sometimes you’ll find a touch of depression. You could listen to this album, coming home, after a stressful day. And when you arrive home, you'd feel bored. The album as a whole is not heavy in any part of it, it also is not all bad, but is just another one that will be there in the middle of too many similar. Not by far I would say that the musical style is post black metal. I need musical related elements. I could not find emotion, I could not find sense, I could not find surprise! I found extremely mechanical, I got sad, not because the tracks were sad, but because they are mechanical, the tracks keep going like they are all the same, the instruments don’t change, don’t transmit emotions through the vocals, unfortunately.

I think that the critic who compared this band with Alcest, Thranenkind, Heretoir and Amesoeurs, just to name some, was very misguiding. NO! Those bands still have the dreamy melancholy hallucinating in their songs; we can feel the tormented aesthetics of black metal. We feel emotions!

Review written by: Felin Frost
Rating: 2/10

Recommended by Terra Relicta

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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