|Beware, brotherhood of Doom! Our familiar landscapes have been invaded by an atrocious beast! A two-headed monster covered with obscene tentacles. The Russian band Aglaomorpha has joined its spiritual forces to the alchemical art of its fellow Opaque Lucidity to give birth to a totally atypical, challenging, utterly weird album. 'Fragments' is its well-chosen name. It's enigmatic like few things I've heard before (Esoteric, Cethegus, Lurker of Chalice, as well as the individual works of Aglaomorpha and Opaque Lucidity are the sole references I can think of).|
It's a gigantic Rubik's cube, a neverending puzzle, the pieces of which would all be the same, perfectly matching with the other ones and yet occupying no precise place; the sky in the picture can also be the water and the tree can become a bird flying upside-down and backwards.
What we have here is what I'd call Ambient Doom. It's psychedelic without any hippy vibes, pitch-black without any of the grim lamentations of Funeral Doom; it has no melancholic edge, no cheesy parts.
The albums is called 'Fragments', as I said. And that's what it is made of: parts with no coherence, bits without logic, moody and terrible passages that collapse on one another in chaotic deflagrations. Really, it's tricky to describe. You have abyssal growls (which is always a good thing), tired mumblings, Death-ish accelerations, ethereal and discreet keyboards, ultra heavy guitars.
You also have some primordial caves, some troglodyte twilight, some sombre requiem, some dilapidated corridors in a nineteenth century's Asylum.
You are never safe from the Beast's breath: When it dozes off, it's only to wake up with a start, full of hungry anger... And you'd better run for you life.
Cataclysmic. Oh! That's the word! A gigantic orgasmic happening. A volcanic jam that will let you amazed or skeptic. Or, and that's likely the way this boiling smelter will be received, you will not like it at all. I like it and I even dare recommend it.
1. Fragment I
2. Fragment II
3. Fragment III
4. Fragment IV
5. Fragment V
6. Fragment VI
7. Fragment VII
8. Fragment VIII
9. Fragment IX
Duration : Approx. 53 minutes.
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