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Review: Velvet Cacoon - Genevieve
Velvet Cacoon

Label: Full Moon Productions
Year released: 2004
Duration: 55:21
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: February 7, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating

Rated 3.17/5 (63.33%) (18 Votes)

"Velvet Cacwhat?",  would you ask! I know, I know, the name sounds strange, but their music is actually quite good. Mostly a solo project, Velvet Cacoon is the brainchild of an American composer named Josh. Also said to be part of the band is Angela, his dreampop muse. I can't tell exactly what parts she plays in the band.

The name seems to be inspired by the psychedelic era, and all the chemicals these two are using. That last part was in the info sheet. The music, on the other hand, has much more to do with the American psychedelic Black Metal scene. Heavily distorted guitars are almost everywhere, except on the closing track. "Bete Noir" stretches forever, a 17+ minutes ambient / spacey keyboard track that could have easily been cut in half with just as good a result. Genevieve, yes that's the title of this strange disc, is more like an instrumental Black Metal release to me. True, you have some raspy vocals here and there making ghostly appearances, which is kind of cool and spooky too. Fat beats with double basses and ambient keyboards alternate with moderate parts with clean arpeggios is what you'll hear most of the time. Add to this some psychedelic tones, to complete the sound structure of this release.

Genevieve count a good number of songs worthy of mention like: "Nautical" (wicked vocals), "Avalon Polo" (clean arpeggios + acoustic guitars) and "Laudanum" (great crushing track, distorted arpeggios+ psychedelic sounds). The title track itself is pretty good and somewhat reminiscent of Xasthur. An interesting and different type of Black Metal.

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