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Sculptor : Dark October

Note by the Admin. : for a better understanding, the titles have been translated in english, as everything is written in russian on the booklet.

Mother Russia seems to be never out of stock when it comes to Doom Death bands, and especially one-man ones. This is the case with Sculptor, whose only member is Sculpto (go figure). Musically, Sculptor differs from the rest of the russian bands in the way that he doesn't go playing in the romantic fields, but prefer a more misanthropic and raw side of the Doom Death genre. The musicianship is good, and the songs are decent, while not innovative in any way.

Apart from the vocals sung in russian, what really sets Sculptor apart from the masses is the very bleak atmosphere with which the songs are charged. All along the nearly 50 minutes of this record, you'll get pictures of barren landscapes, of dying forests and of crumbling monuments. This aura of decay that sometimes litteraly oozes from the music reminds me the best of Winter, but coupled with the mournful and cold melodies of early Dolorian.

I've seen Sculptor compared to a Doom Death version of Striborg. That's not false, as both projects share a rather disdain for humanity and anything being not Nature. But Dark October is damn well better done than any of the albums released by the tasmanian Black Metaller. Give him a try : this is a good cure to the coming summer.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Интро (Осенний Марш) / Intro (Autumnal March)
2. Облака Печали / Clouds of Sorrow
3. Черный Огонь / Black Fire
4. Вечно Против / Always Against
5. Безумство / Madness
6. …Черно-Белым Цветом / …in Black and White
7. Жертвы за Шедевры / Sacrifices for Masterpieces

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes

Visit the Sculptor bandpage.

Reviewed on 16-05-2010 by Laurent Lignon
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