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Paul Chain : Dies Irae

"Dies Irę! Dies illa
Solvet sęclum
in favilla
Teste David
cum Sibylla!"
"Day of wrath! That day,
will scatter the universe
into embers,
by the witness of David
and the Sibyl"

The title of this album, 'Dies Irae', is taken from the latin hymn 'Dies Irę' (translated: "day of wrath"). It's first verse is translated above and yields an insight into the thoughts behind this album. It was dedicated to the victims of war and is a musical statement, through this metaphor of the apocalypse, of the horrors which they have experienced.

This is one of Paul Chain's experimental albums. There are sections of familiar guitarplay included as well as the standard hammond organ, but still all metal/rock fans should be warned that this is mostly an electronica/industrial release. The mood of the album varies between lamentation and insane anxiety.

In particular, 'Prescence Of The Soul's Forest' is utterly disturbed and the vocals of Sandra Silver is what makes the most impact. There are no lyrics at all on this album. The vocal utterings are purely in random phonetics which mean nothing, but instead serve the purpose of creating the deranged atmosphere of this track. Paul Chain himself pops in with some vocals on rare occasions. But mostly, this is a female fronted album.

On the other hand, some of the other pieces are actually quite beautiful. For example, the relaxed acoustic guitarplay present on 'The Hope'. In a way you could say that 'Dies Irae' covers all areas of war, including the few good ones.

This is a CD which is perhaps only the philosophers, or musical art lovers, cup of tea. It is very special and never takes any consideration towards being easy on the ears. In other words, if you are thinking about buying this one, listen to this one carefully before you do.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Years Of War
2. Presence Of The Soul's Forest
3. Life Down
4. The Hope
5. Dies Irae
6. Organ Well
7. Red Lander
8. Noise In The Brain

Duration : Approx. 76 minutes

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Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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