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Paul Chain : Opera Decima - The World Of The End

This album has been released on both a double CD and on a boxset of three LP's. On the 3LP release the first track, 'Dogma' (which is 43 min long, by the way), is split into two in the middle, forming one track on each side of the first LP. The second contains the two following tracks, and the rest is on the third. But whichever format you prefer, the album will grant you an impressive 2 hours and 16 minutes of music. Not bad, eh?

But I have sad news for those who were hoping for a doom metal release. This is more of a release of Mr. Chain's experimental side. The music is a combination of ambient and industrial which can sometimes sound fit for a horror movie. Heartbeats, the chatter of children and ghostly voices swiftly floating around. Other times it's more spaced out, sad or just odd. In either case the music contains very little of the guitar jamming that most people connect with his music. A Hammond organ is present as a little link between his heavy metal/hard rock roots and this.

The music is probably meant to give you images or a feeling of a situation. Being that the title of the album is 'Opera Decima - The World of the End', I'm pretty sure it's all about some sort of post-apocalyptic memories, the world as one drifts through the afterlife, or simply a sonic picture of the declining world around us. I think that the relaxed music doesn't really fit the image of the apocalypse itself so I'm putting my money on that it's one of the other two. It might of course be soemthing completely different from my guesses, but the feeling of the music certainly fits the two last ones.

Some of the tracks on the 3rd LP (or the five last tracks on the 2nd CD, if you wish) are simply electronic sounds that are repeated to the utterly disturbing. 'Sx Nevrosi' is an excellent example of this. Each pulse is two seconds long and is repeated throughout the nine minute long track. The DJ voice is a small relief from the extremely simple music, but it doesn't help much. These tracks are better suited for psychadelic trance junkies on LSD or Extacy. If the afterlife brings me such horrible boredom as these tracks, please let me live forever.

Well, this is not what I consider to be music for doom fans. Exactly the opposite, I think most doom fans will throw it out the window. The ambient/industrial is far from bad for those who like it, but he really shouldn't have made those electronic songs. If you are still interested, listen to 'Opera 4th' before buying this. This is because half that CD is very similar to this.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Dogma
2. The Face

1. Domino
2. Sx Nevrosi
3. Sickness Radio
4. Jungle City
5. Get Down
6. In The Days Of Snow

Duration : Approx. 137 minutes

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Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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