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Cantar : Cantar

Sometimes it happens that you get to hear an interesting demo and afterwards you don't hear anything from that band again. For quite a while, this would have been the story with Cantar. Until early 2002, when they gave a sign of life with a one-off gig, announcing also the release of a debut album "soon to come". Eventually it became 2003 before the album got released, but I can safely say it was worth the wait.

With varied atmospheric and faster parts, lots of keyboards and well-performed violin in their music, it would be too obvious to refer to My Dying Bride. However, that would not do the music of Cantar justice, as their style ranges much further than that. Many parts of the album can hardly be fit under the "doom metal" label anyway. The faster parts go very much into the direction of black metal, which is further accentuated by the aggressive (male only) vocals throughout the entire album. This black metal touch makes this a very rich and varied sounding album.

When I first listened to the album, I had very mixed feelings. The album is not very accessible. It's even quite hard to digest at first. But as with many good albums, this one is a grower. If I had written this review when I first got the album (about four months ago), it would have been a little more low profile. Yet by getting used to some keyboard parts, and getting over a few parts that bare a little too obvious resemblance to a certain well known British doom act who’s name I won't mention a second time, the album really sticks to the mind. All seven songs (or five for that matter) are long epics about feelings of despair, sadness and disorientation, well structured and varied, keeping tension till the very last minute. Especially the keyboards add to the feeling of grandeur in certain parts, while the vocals are ever haunting.

This album is recommended to anyone who is open for something fairly new, combining slow doom and fierce black metal in every song. The album can be ordered through the website of the band: http://www.cantar.be [edit by admin.: The website is down, but here is their myspace.com site: myspace.com/cantarbelgium]

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Lament: Impressions of the Forlorn
2. Lament: A Paroxysm Called Desire
3. Lament: Lake of Redemption
4. Phantasmagoria
5. Carpe Mortem
6. Crimson Shades Called to the Crypt
7. Insanity Kingdom

Duration : Approx. 66 minutes

Visit the Cantar bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Arnstein H. Pettersen
Forever Autumn
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