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Canaan : The Unsaid Words

Here again comes the band that has built its own musical universe based solely on three coordinates: nothing, never, nowhere. Canaan have been ploughing their own path in the dark musical realms for many years now, and 'The Unsaid Words' is already their fifth album.

Despite the remarkable evolution from their debut 'Blue Fire' and its clear references to the band’s predecessor Ras Algethi to the more and more accessible output of their last few albums, the band has lost nothing of its initial dark melancholy and pessimistic outlook. 'The Unsaid Words' is another logical step in their musical evolution, as it still contains the elements one should expect from this extraordinary collective: the slow, melancholic songs led by Mauro’s characteristically wailing vocals; the noise/soundscape intermezzi; the ethnic elements (here present in some amazing instrumentals like the Eastern elegy 'Sterile' or the beautiful mandolins in 'Fragment #2'); and the occasional unexpected sonic experiments, like e.g. the heavily distorted guitars in the melancholic dirge 'In a Never Fading Illusion' or the industrial elements of 'Just Another Noise'.

One could argue that this album doesn’t contain as many surprises as Canaan’s previous output, but this doesn’t matter much. If you look for diversity and dynamic excesses, you should look elsewhere anyway. If however, like myself, you have lost your black heart to Canaan’s suffocating melancholy, then this should be as usual business: a blind purchase.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Wrong Side of Things
2. This World of Mine
3. Sterile
4. The Possible Nowheres
5. Fragment # 1
6. Senza Una Risposta
7. Fragment # 2
8. Fragile
9. Fragment #3
10. In a Never Fading Illusion
11. Just Another Noise
12. Il Rimpianto
13. The Unsaid Words
14. Fragment #4
15. Never Again
16. Nothing Left (to Share)

Duration : Approx. 71 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
Aesthetic Death
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