|Review: Poema Arcanvs - Iconoclast|
Label: Aftermath Music
Year released: 2002
Review online: November 1, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (2 Votes)
This is a very weird album... Clean, deep vocals with a dark, doom-ish musical atmosphere, very slow-paced stuff, never really picking up much speed. Sometimes relying way too much on the keyboards, which remind me at times of a slow Cradle of Filth (the keyboards only). Add to this some more melancholic moments with very quiet singing accompanied by keyboards or acoustic guitar. Getting passed some overdone keyboarding and a few sparse but annoying special effects, there are some pretty heavy, powerful moments scattered here and there, but nothing really above average. It's well done but that's it. After many listens I still don't get much into this, nor do I really see what the band's trying to accomplish - at the end of the album I don't really feel the urge to put it up for another spin. This is an album that I'd personally use more as background music. :) Still pretty effective in conveying a depressing atmosphere, if that's your kind of stuff. This albums definitely has its moments, but really nothing to get too excited about either, it just has been done better before. I'm sure, however, that there are some people who'll get a real kick out of this. Not a bad effort, but there's room for improvement.
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