|Review: Fovitron - Altar of Whispers|
|Altar of Whispers|
Label: Alcyone Records
Year released: 2020
Review online: July 27, 2020
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
for:Altar of Whispers
Rated 4.4/5 (88%) (5 Votes)
Fovitron are a Greek band that formed back in 2014, and they play a very symphonic brand of Blackened Death Metal on their full-length debut, Altar of Whispers. The compositions are dense and fairly intricate, with each one being reminiscent of bands like Limbonic Art, early Arcturus, and even Bal-Sagoth in places, albeit far less innovative and grandiose, so you'll need more than a handful of listens to get everything out of it. They're also massive in sound and length, but they're often longer than they really need to be, which makes the album all the harder to really get into. The keys take an expected central role in the songs, but while they do a fine job at establishing the cold, haunting atmosphere this kind of thing requires, they never really do an exceptional job of it.
That all might make me sound unimpressed with this, but there's actually something on here that I really like. The band is tight and proficient, the atmosphere is consistently engaging, and vocalist Nuntius Mortis does a great job with his raspy, bestial vocals. All the songs are pretty good, with the only exception being the excellent "Endless Whispers", a mid-paced effort that stands out thanks to the gorgeous guest vocals of singer Nancy Mos. She's honestly good enough to make me wish the band would bring her on full-time, or at least adopt more female vocals as they really seem to be the missing element to their sound.
So while Fovitron aren't quite as good as they want to be yet, they deliver a satisfying album that shows plenty of promise for future releases. Worth checking out for fans of the more melodic end of the Black/Death pool.
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