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Paul Chain Violet Theatre : Opera 4th

I've heard a lot of oddities from Paul, but still this one stumped me. The LP has music on one side which is so different from the other that it might just as well have been a split between two bands. But remembering that he is indeed a musician with an insatiable urge of exploration, I should really not have been that surprised.

The first track is a mixture of dark ambient, isolationist industrial and a few hints of drone. In other words, nothing that could remind you of the traditional doom that he's famous for playing. It's a cold, haunting, lonely, and honestly quite disturbing piece. Fans of extreme industrial/ambient really should hear this track. It's incredibly creepy. The fact that the track is about life probably makes it even more chilling.

The industrial track fills up half of the LP, lasting a whole 29 minutes, but towards the end the music introduces a guitar that smoothly converts the music a little towards rock. It's widely different from the traditional doom that the last three tracks contain, but this minute change somehow makes the transition between the two kinds of music, surprisingly smooth.

The three traditional doom tracks contain a lot of what you would expect from Paul's music. It's a tad darker than normal, but it's pretty much the 'Paul Chain original traditional doom blend' which all who have heard him before can recognize. The horror lyrics on these tracks are probably inspired by both Black Sabbath and by Paul’s time in Death SS.

Those traditional doom fans who don't really enjoy ambient would probably gain more music for less cash by getting one of his other releases, but it should be noted that the three last songs are amongst my favourite Paul Chain tracks.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Our Solitude (Birth, Life, Death)
2. Evil Metal: Obsucrity Of Error
3. Bath-Chair's Mary
4. Resurrection In Christ

Duration : Approx. 49 minutes

Visit the Paul Chain Violet Theatre bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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