This Russian duo dedicates the album to Mr. Crowley and ventures into the realm of gothic and doom quite successfully.
«Dead Language» starts very King Diamond until the voice comes in to mark the melody. Good start. «The Quest» was their single and has generated quite a bit of attention for them. The mixture of styles such as gothic, technical death and doom is very balanced and successful.
«Empty Rooms» is our favorite song because we think it’s the one that best fits what you expect from a band like this. Great job with the melody and theme development. «Long Odds» has a very powerful start of pure metal, but respecting those distinctive nuances of the band. It is another of the great songs on the album. The band should perhaps explore this style more as it is quite comfortable during the development of the theme.
«Mute» is a mid-tempo heavy metal classic, but with some exceptional guitar work. Possibly, it is the song that opens more doors for them. «At Sea» closes the album compiling everything indicated above. We think that after so many years of career, the group has taken a step forward and has made their music more exportable. It would be interesting to see them live to see how they are able to translate their ideas on stage. For now, we are left with a recommended album that will surprise you a lot for all the sound details it hides.
2. The Quest
3. Empty Rooms
4. Long Odds
6. At Sea
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Max Morton at Morton Studio
Assisting and editing engineer: Dmitry Kim
Melaer – keyboards and bass