The new album
of Slovak leaders of atmospheric and technical death/doom/black//art
metal features 2 singers and an extraordinary ability in writing and
arranging songs already from the beginning ("Curse").
Great melodic guitars paired with brutal vocals, and a sitar giving
a touch of sadness to all the environment ("Tormenting World"),
come before the superb vocals and riffs in "Fallen Beauty";
add a guitar solo in the best of taste, and you won't certainly be surprised
why I feel a thrill along my spine everytime I listen to this song,
an immortal song, I swear it!
"Doomsday" opens in an epical manner, we could say
soundtrack-like, and quickly becomes an old death metal onslaught with
another 2 majestic 6-string solos, splendid riffs, and a final with
memorable keyboards upon a mighty rhythmic section.
"Battlefield of Life" contains the same above mentioned
elements, and it yet attracts notice by means of really well chosen
lyrics, precious keyboard lines, and another unforgettable solo.
I'm not afraid of talking nonsense if I assert that the instrumental
"Dance of Salome", embellished by agonizing violinsm
might enthrone Lunatic Gods where the mourned My Dying Bride used to
be, and Lunatic Gods can offer more, that is an extremely prepared guitar
picker/mastermind, Hirax, the ace in their sleeves.
After the heavy blow "Stone" we meet "Mystic Way",
a composition that literally teaches to mix aggressive and recitative
vocals; a little gothic, displaying another lyrics I totally agree with,
proof of sensitiveness and acuteness about the true vision of life.
Finally, "The Wilderness " is a song splitted in 3
tracks, of which 2 instrumental ones; everything is among veiled melancholy,
relinquishment, enslavement, solitude, war and, eternal, mortal, unanswered
questions about life and death. But it's also one of the most important
records of the last 3 years, which is also destined to remain fresh
Intelligent artwork, professional recording and mixing are the icy on
the cake. Quite a rare record nowadays because it is at the same time
unusual, truly heart-felt and based on a lack interest in any trend.
Deep praise to Shindy Productions for their far-sightedness in signing
this courageous act.
Yes, Lunatic Gods are much more than performers; they're poets, musical
painters, diggers of emotions we thought lost forever in the greyness
of these days.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 03/12/02