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|Posted by helpalongyourway.com on June 23, 2014 at 10:05 PM||comments (0)|
The Harbinger of Doom
Kimaera appear to be making a name for themselves in their homeland. I suspect it is a place of burgeoning rock and metal bands but Kimaera is sure to stand out as a unique and relentless tour de force. Praising My Pain - this track hints at NY death metal intro ala Suffocation and then quickly shifts into a symphonic metal dirge. The violin definitely enhances the metal aura and partners well with the wall of guitars and drums. The Script of Sorrow - is one of the faster tunes on the CD. Not only do you get soaring guitars, helicopter double bass drums, but pipe organ interludes that flow into clean tone transition pieces remiscent of Death Angel ACTIII. Aged Wine and Woe bring to mind legendary Katatonia. This recipe for success contains a dash of emotion, a pinch of sadness, a lot of doom, and a lot more heaviness. Lost Control immediately hints at Savatage and Dream Theater. The title maybe "lost" but the musician ship is not lost here, much control and tactile finesse transition this song from clean singing into a deluge of emotional turmoil with the distorted guitars and harsh vocals.
In Summation if you like Katatonia, Dark Tranquility, Orphaned Land, Anathema, Sworn (Armenia); you will have to buy KIMAERA's THE HARBINGER OF DOOM. Texas size thank you to Stygian Crypt.
|Posted by helpalongyourway.com on May 22, 2014 at 8:05 AM||comments (0)|
The Fall Of The Magog
Clocking in at over 41 minutes this multi-national heavy folk conglomerate delivers full metal to the hilt while infusing a variety of international folk instruments. Now the question arises as you hear the opening track, The Emperor's Words through the end of "Under The Wings Of Aquila;" "how can so many individual musicians record such a lock-step full length?" Hint, Hint, Hint...
Band line-up :
Marios Koutsoukos : lyrics
Michaël Fiori (Saga) : lyrics, music, electric guitars, bass, vocals
Gianluca Tamburini : music, electric guitars, classical guitar, bass
Hildr Valkyrie : female vocals
Ruslanas ''Metfolvik'' Danisevskis : vocals
Anaïs Chevallier : female vocals
Dennis Schwachhofer : drums
Juan Pablo "Juskko" Churruarin : accordion
Holger Funke : nyckelharpa, hurdy gurdy, bagpipes
Nostarion : Cello
Emily Cooper : soprano recorder, alto recorder
Musically speaking the phrasing of each of the instruments is well placed. Like DaVinci brush strokes, each sound, note is struck, rung, hit, strummed with purpose, with intention. The most significant variable is the use of the vocals. At times the vocals are used as an accompaniment instrument - whereas other instances - the vocals build the atmosphere and mood lyrically. Hint, Hint, Hint...
Upon repeat listening of FOLKODIA I reminisce of Kopiklaani, Helsott, Ensiferum, Finntroll, Kalevala, Judas Priest, Paradise Lost, Dalriada, Silent Stream of Godless Elegy, Saviour Machine, Sisters of Mercy, Skyforger, last but never least Maiden. There is no way of knowing if any of these bands influenced FOLKODIA, but if you like these bands - then you will join the journey with FOLKODIA. Hint, Hint, Hint...
Favorite tracks are as follows: The Fall Of Magog, The Tenth Legion, Soldier Of Rome, Muli Mariani, Deafen Clamor and Under The Wings Of Aquila. Click to Order Now! What an amazing feat - to get such a well orchestrated collaboration. This is even a feat many muli-million dollar companies cannot accomplish!
It has been our pleasure, much appreciation and sincere thanks to Stygian Crypt (Russia).