|'Prelude to a Sentimental Journey'...what a fitting title for this work! The band have made with this album a major step forward from their earlier releases, producing what is indisputably their best work thus far. |
The album consists of 11 sublime, atmospheric doom death hymns with a distinguishing Eastern European touch. Think of bands like Dissolving of Prodigy, Silent Stream of Godless Elegy and early Lacrimas Profundere and you might get an idea of the typical vibe of this combo. Eastern and ethnic influences are assimilated with ease, as well as subtle choirs, female vocals and elegant keyboard work. However, the emphasis remains clearly on metal riffing and wonderfully accessible mid-paced rhythms, which make of 'Prelude-' an atmospheric doom death metal album in the proper sense of the word.
Admittedly, there are some corny spoken parts courtesy of vocalist Marcin Kotas (whose grunt and wailing are otherwise excellent), the highlight being the hilarious dialogue between the Master and the Chinese girl in the last track 'When the sun's born red'. Some lyrics might also raise a few eyebrows ("One day I saw a fear/in the eyes of the clown/dancing in the middle of my dream/selling prescribed grief"). But no one could deny the classy musicianship and well-crafted, catchy compositions of this Polish combo. And if anything, they prove that their passion and enthusiasm are undoubtedly genuine.
1. Time is shadow
3. In the Cemetery Garden
4. The Ray of Cry
6. The chess at the foot of the mountain
8. A Game of Chess
9. Colder than Ever
10. The Hourglass
11. Towards to the final consciousness
12. Bridge to a Desert
14. When the Sun's Born Red
Duration : Approx. 55 minutes
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