|Review: Sculptor - Dark October|
Label: Stygian Crypt Productions
Year released: 2009
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: October 30, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
We are in the last week of October, the perfect time to listen to Dark October. Sculptor is the brainchild of a solitary composer that goes by the same moniker. Not only is the black(grey) and white artwork very similar to what we can see in the Black Metal arts, but the whole album carries that Black Metal feel all along - true that the production work is slightly raw, which helps bringing in a nice grey /somber/cold touch to his work.
Multi-instrumentalists are commonly found in Black Metal. On the other hand, it is the exception in Doom Metal. Arpeggios are one of the most exquisite and melodious type of tonalities to come out of a guitar, and there are quite a few on Dark October. Those arpeggios are always adding a nice touch of harmonies, as well as a delicate feel to any compositions, and this is true for every type of music too. This album is made of melodic Doom Metal with a sad and melancholic, and sometimes even depressive feel. Add to this the cold distorted guitar work and you can now imagine what this CD sounds like. Just like many great Black Metal albums, and this to my greatest pleasure, the pace remains moderate in most of its parts. The clean vocals are plaintive and in Sculptor's native tongue, while the harsh ones range somewhere between rasps and growls with hints of a ghostly edge.
There are lots of good track to mention here, such as: "Intro", "Black Fire", "Always Against" and Sacrifices for Masterpieces".
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