Upon Darkened Stains
Reviewer: Eric Compton
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.
About this Writer:Eric Compton
// Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.