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Sadael : Sadael/Anlipnes

Anlipnes/Sadael is a new Doom Death split release that has a far more important meaning than the mere reunion of songs from two different bands...

Anlipnes/Sadael is a new split release in the Doom Death genre that musically speaking is worth considering if you’re a fan of the said genre but has, in my opinion, a far more important meaning than just the reunion of songs from two different bands. Care to see why?

Anlipnes come from Turkey and have shown nice things in their previous debut Inanis Caelum with their rather atmospheric blend of Doom Death featuring at times clean female vocals.

The one-man band Sadael, formed in 2004 in Armenia, is not widely known but may not be considered a newcomer at all despite many people not knowing about it. He’s released a bunch of albums which blend efficiently Doom Death and Funeral Doom prior to taking his part in this split EP.

Now read this again and think for a few minutes.

Two bands. One from Turkey. One from Armenia. Obviously not everyone reading these lines has majored in History but it doesn’t take a PhD to know that these two countries have had a troubled relationship over even recent times. If it isn’t this obvious to you, try to picture a similar split CD between an Israeli band and a Palestinian one... let's not go into details now because this is a bit off-topic, but let’s say it takes some courage to put such two bands together, and it also shows us that music has no boundaries whatsoever. Kind of a uniting thing, even though that politically correctness would make me puke otherwise.

Let’s get back to the music, if you will. Anlipnes have considerably diverged from the music that can be found on Inanis Caelum. While ‘The Empty Skies’ retains the atmospheric feel found on the album and features the 'famed' clean female vocals, the two other tracks display a more varied face even boasting a few blast beats. They have to them this very strange feeling a la Paradise Lost’s Lost Paradise, some Doom Death still very much raw in essence but leaning to dwell on a more beautiful side of the coin. This is especially true of the guitars’ sound which indeed are very reminiscent of the Brits’ debut.

Sadael’s part I believe is more crushing and innovative and displays some fine similarities with bands like Skepticism (more from the Alloy period) but also occult icons like Negative Plane or Necros Christos. The melancholic edge remains but it’s got more depth, more body and makes for a finer experience.

Though a bit unbalanced, the reunion between Anlipnes and Sadael is quite savory and I don't think that fans of Doom Death would look down on it and, as it features quite varied and various materials, everyone should enjoy it to some extent.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Cold Wounds (Anlipnes)
2. The Empty Skies (Anlipnes)
3. Lost Sunset (Anlipnes)
4. The Curse of Conscience (Sadael)
5. Foul (Sadael)

Duration : Approx: 35 minutes

Visit the Sadael bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-08-10 by Frédéric Cerfvol
Hate Your Guts Records
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