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Review: Dantalion - Call of the Broken Souls
Call of the Broken Souls

Label: Det Germanske Folket
Year released: 2008
Duration: 46:52
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: February 27, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
Call of the Broken Souls

Rated 3/5 (60%) (5 Votes)

I think this is one of the coolest artwork I've seen being used as cover art. It represents so well what metal IS all about: dark, mysterious, spiritual and reflecting the world beyond, secretive and fascinating. Dantalion is a Spanish quartet presenting here their sophomore effort, Call of the Broken Souls .

The concept behind this album is based around a rural mythical belief know by the name of Santa Compana , which involves the presence of the dead amongst the living, just like those somber characters on the cover, wandering in desert streets at night. Call of the Broken Souls contains eight compositions, two of them being instrumentals, namely opener "Anta Ruxa" and the closing track "...As the Candles Fade". The first one is a mid crushing number while the other is more ambient with pleasant acoustic parts accompanied by keyboards and piano; the only place those instruments can be heard. The bulk of this album is made of rather fast, melodic, crushing, intricate Black Metal. Great guitar work across the board and the drumming of Naemoth is actually pretty sophisticated and progressive. Excellent raspy vocals from Zeukram too with a touch of wickedness like on "A Corredoira das Animas", completely sang in their native tongue. Balancing things out, I had the pleasure to listen to some clean arpeggios, but efficiently distorted when a doom pace and ambiance is calling for it. Even if the musicianship is superb, the songwriting mature and the production top notch, Call of the Broken Souls does not really grabs me as much as it should. Perhaps a bit more variety would not hurt, like added touches of ambiances would have worked out a pretty mystical opus. Still we have here a solid Black Metal opus.

Taken from the bulk of their work as good samples of their talent are: "Cold Winter Dusk" and "A Corredoira das Animas".

Track Listing:
  1. Antaruxa
  2. Wandering Along the Paths
  3. Cold Winter Dusk
  4. Forest of Laments
  5. A Corredoira das Animas
  6. Prophecy of Sorrow
  7. Death's Cold Layer
  8. ...As the Candle Fades
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