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Ankhagram : Where are You Now

If you crave for more Slavic versions of Shape Of Despair, go for Ankhagram, you won't be disappointed.

Where are You Now is the name of Ankhagram's latest effort. Well, I’m at work writing the review (instead of working). What about you Ankhagram? Where are you now? Having discovered the band with their re- released Neverending Sorrow album dating from 2007, it would seem that Ankhagram are stuck in time. Or maybe even stuck as far as 2000, when a notorious Finnish band released their debut entitled Shades Of... So why ask where the hell we are now when Dead, Ankhagram's multi- instrumentalist, is frozen in time and hasn’t moved that much thanks to global warming having not yet reached Yekaterinburg?

Puzzling, indeed. Because yes, if you were wondering what sort of progression could be found in Ankhagram's music these last five years, the answer would be quite simple: none. No progression at all. Is that a bad thing? No, it’s not. If you refer to Neverending Sorrow’s review on our site, chances are you could apply the exact same words to Where are You Now and still be very much exact as to the description of Ankhagram’s latest music.

Besides the cover which is a lot less Gothic, the very nature of Dead's compositions remains exactly the same. The music is still so heavily influenced by Shape Of Despair that to some it would be enough to label Ankhagram a copycat. But a talented copycat, as one can feel the emotional charge in each and every track the way they'd feel it on the Finns' records. I mentioned there were no changes at all and, to some extent, I'm a bit of a liar... ‘The Mistress’ features some 'recycled' vocal samples which bear a very faint resemblance to the early works of Scorn, but that’s only for a few seconds, a mere fraction of time if you look at the behemoths displayed on this record.

The main change you’ll have to go through is the different ending here than in Neverending Sorrow. Where Dead had chosen to perform a Funeral version of Chopin's Marche Funèbre, he goes all poppy by covering MGMT’s 'Kids' (which I ‘forced’ myself to discover... now that’s what I cal commitment) exploiting the violin strings and taking it deep down to crypts making for some rather upbeat Funeral Doom. Classy, eh!

Should you acquire this record? Do you always crave for more Slavic versions of Shape Of Despair or Colosseum, with talent? If the answer is yes, then you know what to do. If you’re more into rawer stuff, stay away from this silk-laden coffin and keep on enjoying some more putrescence elsewhere. My recommendation? Go for it... kids!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Life’s Ocean
2. The Mistress
3. Trees of Feelings
4. Shade You
5. K.O.D.
6. Kids (MGMT cover) Review by Frédéric Cerfvol

Duration : Approx. 57 minutes

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Reviewed on 2012-01-11 by Frédéric Cerfvol
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