|Review: Armata Di Carona - Mother|
Label: Nocturnal Brights
Year released: 2004
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: August 4, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
I've been spinning this album a lot lately, and I just can't get tired of it. No-frills, dark and obscure Black Metal that at one moment is pounding your skull, pinning you to the ground and then all of a sudden haunts you with some cold-as-fuck atmosphere. Gotta love it. The vocals play a particularly important role on Mother: The whispered rasps sound like they're reaching out from the afterlife (or from the depths of hell – you get the idea) and really give everything here a very evil, malevolent and haunted feel.
Musically this is devoid of any gimmicks – just basic stuff for the most part, with only a few short sound effects used sparingly – and to great effect. The album is mostly slow to mid-paced, going from a slow, crushing and sometimes "frightening" almost-doom style to a somewhat repetitive and addictive mid-paced style, all the way to a much faster pace here and there – not much of that, however.
Mother shines more in the effectiveness of its gimmick-free atmosphere than the actual music, although the fact that this great atmosphere is created 99% though the instruments is a feat in itself. The production is just raw enough to convey the message – not crappy, not over-polished – just fine. This could hardly have sounded better (technically speaking) without adversely affecting the dark feelings that the music conveys. Little information to be found on this band, and hopefully this is not the last we hear of them (or I should say him, as this is a one-man band.)
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