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Anima Morte
Upon Darkened Stains
Type: CD
Company: Transubstans
Release: 2014
Genre: Gothic/Symphonic
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 2/17/2015
Spacey instrumental rock
Sweden's Anima Morte release their third album with 'Upon Darkened Stains'. The four piece are captivating in their spacey instrumental rock, complete with vintage 60s and 70s instruments like the Mellotron and electric organs. Each track gradually evolves from slower visions to grand crescendos that are reminiscent of Italian cinema, the spaghetti horror films like "Deep Red", "Suspiria" and "Zombi" that were frequently paired with progressive rockers Goblin. Goblin cuts like "L'alba Dei Morti Viventi" ("Zombi OST"), "Black Forest" ("Suspiria OST") and "Profondo Rosso" ("Deep Red OST") were clearly the inspiration for Anima Morte's twelve track opus. Songs like opener "Blessing of the Dead" builds with a steady march of electric pianos, organs and synths to a melodic despondency. While other tracks like "Halls of Death" follow the same formula, other cuts like "The Carrion Crow" and "First Snow on the Last Ashes" incorporate more acoustic string instruments that portray more of a rock feel. Heavy distortion and electric instrumentation flow through the more audacious efforts such as "Ephemeris" and "Illusion is the Catalyst". The band's previous efforts 'The Nightmare Becomes Reality" (2011) and 'Face the Sea of Darkness' (2007) are equally as entertaining.
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