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Review: Mirrorthrone - Gangrene

Label: Red Stream
Year released: 2008
Duration: 64:42
Tracks: 6
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: March 29, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating

Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (10 Votes)

Mirrorthrone is a one man act, brainchild of Swiss composer by the name of Vladimir. He recorded this music himself in his home studio (I'd love to have one of those) back in 2005 and 2007. This project is a prime example of an extremely talented musician. Vladimir has written six challenging compositions of extreme beauty. A band that comes to mind while listening to Mirrorthrone is Solefald and would be the closest relevant act I think of. Gangrene harmoniously blends piano, keyboard, orchestration with progressive Black Metal artillery. Often, the songs are introduced by piano parts, only to progress into some intricate and intense blackened passages. In between those two extremes, the listener witnesses ambient / melodic breaks. Those take the tonalities of a variety of instruments such as: keyboards, cello/violin (synthetic perhaps), church organ and acoustic guitars. Interesting to note is the singular fact that the lyrics alternate between English and French. Gangrene is an avant-gardist piece of music that remains melodic while being complex, varied and counting frequent shifts in modes and atmosphere.

Just great music included on this disc with my preferences going for: "Dismay", "The Fecal Rebellion" and "Une Existence dont plus Personne ne Jouit".

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