|"An oppressive, melancholic, suffering soundtrack for the beginning of the new millennium." The upstanding denizens at Eibon Records weren't far off with that, albeit the rather verbose mission statement regarding 'Capitale de la Douleur'.|
The album intro is somewhat discordant, but at the same time is by no means surplus to requirements. The minimalist beginning sets the eerily haunting backdrop for the remainder of the album and goes on to launch smoothly into the meaty bulk of the album with the first track, 'Jade Eclipse'.
The album features some definite majestic undertones; powerful and poignant vocals, both male and female. They may not be everyone's cup of tea, but what the vocalists have done, they've done well. Imagine a mix lying somewhere between Beyond Dawn's 'In Reverie' days, and a hell of a lot of pent up anger. The one criticism I would hesitate to level at the album as a whole would be the fact that the vocals do have a slight tendency to fade into the music a little too much at times.
The lyrics are generally a little convoluted, but the great thing about them is their pliability; it's left largely to the individual to attribute their own meaning to them. A good example comes in 'Maha Pralaya': "Collective erosion has gone too far: disturbing beauty, as dismal as the soul can feel: in this department of delusions horizon's my bed: immobile's my soul, stunned by persistence of visions!"
As much as I try, I can't help but isolate some unnervingly Bauhaus-orientated influence in Weltschmerz, but at the same time the band has successfully forged its own definitive sound; a unique combination of typically steady-paced darkwave background, abstract lyrics and haunting vox.
And even the artwork's interesting! Overall, this is a well-rounded album if you're in to a bit of darkwave. However, if you're looking for doom-metal that falls within classical defined doomy demarcations, you're going to be ever so slightly disappointed.
If you want to get in contact with the band, you can do so at
Alternatively, have a browse of their website at
[edit by admin.: The site is down and I believe the e-mail is invalid too as the band has disbanded. However, you can still find their music on their MySpace page.]
If you're looking to pick up a copy of this (shameless plug) pretty damn good example of what a darkwave album ought to sound like, you can do so at www.eibonrecords.com.
1. Jade Eclipse
2. Under Archons' Domain
3. Maha Pralaya
4. Downfall Bolero
5. Capitale de la Douleur *
6. Colore di Pioggia e di Ferro *
7. Inanna Incarnates
5. Capital of pain
6. Color of rain and of iron
Duration : Approx. 55 minutes.
Visit the Weltschmerz bandpage.