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Sweet Ermengarde - Raynham Hall (2013) - Review

Band: Sweet Ermengarde
Album title: Raynham Hall
Release date: 14 June 2013
Label: Équinoxe Records

Tracklisting:
01. Near Dark
02. Kisses
03. Raynham Hall
04. A Promise To Fulfill
05. Heaven’s Far Away
06. For This Moment
07. In The Time
08. Necropolitan Rest
09. Part Of Me
10. The Call Of The First

It has been quite a while since I’ve heard gothic rock in its pure form like Sweet Ermengarde offers on their debut album. Raynham Hall is going to establish the Germans as serious contenders for the genuine scene acts. The band was formed two years ago and took its name incidentally from the Lovecraft’s short comic story. The line-up consists in five musicians who sharpened their experience before in Rake’s Progress and Neon Dream: Lars (bass), Marco (guitar), Danny(guitar/keyboards), Rafael (drums) and Kuba(vocals).

Throughout the nine tracks of lush atmosphere and beautifully enhanced production, there is plenty of room for each instrument to breathe in its own significant way. The band’s ability to weave the crafted bass lines (which are the compositions backbone) with the mournful distant-sounding guitars, the delay dretched chords and the floating percussion compacting all the sections is remarkable. Kuba’s distinctive and deep vocals hover above it all, switching easily among baritone vocals, gritty growlings and chrystalline tones. Thus, Raynham Hall provides rich soundscapes filled with quiet sorrow and otherworldly obscure sensations.

Although some tracks reach the seven-minute mark, they are so far from resulting redundant or out-of-place due to an excellent and gradually crescent performing as demonstrated by "Necropolitan Rest", with a cinematic western touch, or "A Promise to Fulfill", which projects a dreamy/progressive vibe. The dreamscapes flow from each song to the next, and together with the variety of sounds and themes introduced, contribute well to the album’s overall success. Thus, the listener can taste the doom ominous flavor that is present in "Part Of Me" and "Kisses" (which in a special version has already been released featuring The House Of Usher’s singer), the charming string melodies weaving each other in the ethereal "Heaven’s Far Away", the pleasant melancholy evoked by "In The Time" or the ghostly coldness that the title track distils, just to mention some of the anthems compiled in this album.

In essence, Raynham Hall is a crafted piece of atmospheric and spine-shivering gothic rock which affects your moods till the point that an occasional rapture can occur. This album is unique in its kind nowadays. Highly recommended.

Review written by: Billyphobia (Virus G)
Rating: 9,5/10

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Band: Randal Collier-Ford
Album title: Remnants
Release date: 20 October 2015
Label: Cryo Chamber

Randal Collier-Ford's second album Remnants on Cryo Chamber is the most highly polished work of his to date. Over the last few years, Randal Collier-Ford has been putting out a number of albums across several labels, but Remnants is unquestionably his most dynamic release so far. With Remnants the industrial noise is toned down a bit in favor of some highly atmospheric and cinematic dark ambient. The elements wind, water, fire, can be heard throughout the album along with the more human sounds of footsteps and an impending sense of doom. Yet Remnants doesn't stray too far from Randal Collier-Ford's signature theme of magical machines in a sci-fi setting. Remnants touches on many different genres within the electronic/ambient realm, one moment the album is as brooding as a creature lurking in the shadows and the next moment it feels as if you are listening to the grand soundtrack to some yet to be written Alien movie. Soundtrack is a word I kept coming back to while reviewing this album. Remnants would be a perfect soundtrack, more importantly Remnants proves to us that Randal Collier-Ford was born to work on sci-fi/horror films! It seems as if Randal Collier-Ford is making a statement with Remnants, saying he can produce anything he puts his mind to. Randal Collier-Ford is clearly happy to leave his comfort zone. He could have written another album similar to The Architects and kept his fan-base happy. However, he decided to continue travelling further off the beaten path with this release.

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