|Review: Theatres des Vampires - Anima Noir|
Label: Aural Music
Year released: 2008
Genre: Gothic Metal
Review online: May 8, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)
I used to enjoy Theatres des Vampires up until 2005. By then, Alexander Lord Vampyr (vocals) and guitar player Alex had left the band. Pleasure and Pain was released, and I could painfully feel the departure of who was making this band more enjoyable. Besides, I believe they were not quite ready to release a new album, and should have waited a bit.
Now, in 2008, Theatres des Vampires is back with Anima Noir . Were they more ready this time? Yes. Do I like what they have become? Not really. I don't know what ever happened to Alex and Alexander, but they should come back! Theatres des Vampires have nowadays more or less dropped their vampirism, to concentrate on making catchy Gothic Metal. Not diluted to an Evanescence point though. Sonya Scarlet is taking care of most of the vocal duties, while beefed up guitars and rhythmic section, with melodic keyboards form the core of this music. Maybe too much keyboards could cause some listeners to overdose, especially when they sound a bit too techno as opposed to their usual atmospheric style. On the other hand, calmer passages with piano parts create a nice touch of sadness. Songs like "From the Deep" and "Anima Noir" are very good examples of this situation. The title track caught more my attention, due to its dramatic/operatic aspects, and by restoring some vintage Theatres des Vampires.
Anima Noir remains a safe investment for the Gothic supporters.
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