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Mizantropia : Забвение

Gothic Metal-based but heavier than most and darker than the rest: Mizantropia's sophomore album.

When an album's style is referred to as being 'extreme gothic metal', what does that actually mean? Gothic Metal sans the cheese? Maybe something a tad more 'extreme'? Maybe something to do with the arrangements that saves said album from redundancy (read: the style's cliches)? So yeah, Mizantropia may not be the next Cradle Of Filth, but by the spaghetti monster, are they good!

First of all, if Dani Filth had ever had a showdown in vocal versatility, the beautiful girl fronting this band would have given him quite a fight. Her incredible clear voice makes a full circle through any other metal-oriented vocal approach with utter ease and conviction, alternating between styles like a human chameleon: this girl can fucking growl, and shriek, and sing in a deep, intimidating voice, and howl, all the way back to her angelic vocal performance, sounding at one time like a banshee and at another, like a sweet, alluring witch -- her voice is EVERYWHERE, and it's genuinely fascinating; the Russian language which she uses, makes her singing even sexier and quasi-erotic.

Second, and that's the most interesting part, the music never falls flat on its face and the gothica on display never retires into the realms of cheese; this album is heavy, and in parts extremely heavy; at all times is it punchy and dramatic and the dynamics are incredible. A natural sense of songwriting artistry coupled with larger-than-life compositions construct a virtually flawless album; an album that may appeal to a wider audience than mere female-fronted Gothic Metal enthusiasts. This album offers dark and melancholic moments, gut-wrenching tunes of love and hate and vampiric, blood-curdling shrills alongside metallic lullabies of bliss that may transport you straight into your Nirvana. 'Oblivion' is a portal to emotional turmoil and crystalline beauty; a place where shadow and light dance hand in hand.

Mizantropia's 2nd full length album may serve as an eye-opener for those who have given up all hope anything good will ever be again created under Gothic Metal's roof; it's a statement; heavier than most and darker than the rest, 'Oblivion' is a lesson in creativity, vision, performance abilities and talent. get this album today, if you like your music well orchestrated, theatrical and ripping (coupled with some of the best keyboard lines out there).

Imagine a marriage between Andrew Lloyd Weber's 'Phantom Of The Opera' fronted by Sara Brightman and Cradle Of Filth's 'Cruelty And The Beast' - and after you've done imagining, go and grab a copy of 'Oblivion'!

Note: Although titled primarily in Cyrillic, English translations are provided as part of the album packaging, hence album name 'Забвение'/'Oblivion' can be considered interchangeable.

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Reviewer's rating: 8.5/10


Tracklist :
1. Dark Gathering
2. Замок (The Castle)
3. На дне вечности (At The Bottom Of Eternity)
4. Poison of Life
5. Tomorrow Never Comes
6. За тобой (I'm After You)
7. В ожидании битвы (Expecting The Battle)
8. Обломки пустоты (Fragments Of The Void)
9. Не вижу взгляда (See No Sight)
Bonus Tracks
10. Бессонница (Insomnia)
11. На коня! (One For The Road)

Duration : Approx. 51 minutes

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Reviewed on 2015-12-29 by Chaim Drishner
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