|Review: Furva Ambiguitas - In Articulo Mortis|
|In Articulo Mortis|
Label: Possession Productions
Year released: 2009
Genre: Funeral Doom
Review online: December 9, 2010
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
for:In Articulo Mortis
Rated 4.97/5 (99.46%) (441 Votes)
In Articulo Mortis is the debut full-length for this Russian team. Anton Mrak handles bass, guitar, programming/mastering and wrote the music, while lady Terra Teranos takes care of the vocals, keyboards, lyrics and also the music. I would presume Antor contributed those deep rasps, but then again...
This is not a gothic ensemble, far from it. It is much somber and extreme. Not being a huge fan of funeral doom metal as such, I can still enjoy the slow/crushing and intensely suffocating ambience mixed with black metal arts. Add to this the usual melancholic edge commonly found in Russian music and you have a pretty much good idea what this album is all about. This debut album also includes a track, "At the Bottom of the River" from their demo. You will hear a melodic and intense mixture of piano, ambient keyboards, heavily distorted guitars, rasps, wicked vocals, church bells and other effects, but mostly slow to mid paces. The compositions are elaborate, well-written; include calmer parts and last between five to seven minutes. The closer (the one from the demo I suppose) is the only exception, lasting over thirteen minutes. My favorites are "Carpe Diem", "Gens Una Sumus" and "Alienatio Mentis", as well as the closing track.
For a dark, melancholic blend of black metal and funeral doom, this duo from Russia fit the bill for those of you looking for that special vibe.
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