Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale


8.6 | 215 votes |
Release date: 16 June 2008
Style: Psychedelic doom metal, Funeral doom metal

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Disc I
01. Circle
02. Beneath This Face
03. Quickening
04. Caucus Of Mind

Disc II
01. Silence
02. The Order Of Destiny
03. Ignotum Per Ignotius

Line-up
Gordon Bicknell - guitar
Mark Bodossian - bass
Greg Chandler - vocals, guitar
Joe Fletcher - drums
Olivier Goyet - keyboards

Additional info
Written and produced by Esoteric.
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Greg Chandler/Esoteric at Priority Recording Studios.
Vinyl master cut by Kevin Metcalfe at Soundmasters.
Artwork by Kati Astraeir.
Layout by Mauro Berchi.

Staff review by
jupitreas
Rating:
N/A
Who needs a soul anyway?

For the last 16 years or so and with every consecutive release, Esoteric get just a little bit closer to finally condemning us all to hell, and I personally respect any band with a disposition this sunny. The Maniacal Vale is not only another step in this tortured evolution - it is the band's ultimate masterpiece and an experience so overwhelming that it will completely blow the mind and shatter the senses. Yes, for all intents and purposes, this is a perfect album and one that will be remembered for a long time as a phenomenal achievement in every way.

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published 11.07.2008 | Comments (40)

01.05.2010
The Maniacal Vale is, in my humble opinion, the single most devastating release ever.

It lures the listener in with "Circle", which has possibly the most emotive opening ever written. Within moments, the mood has shifted completely and you find yourself spiraling downwards a column of fire. There is no escape, there is no return. A hundred minutes later your soul has completely perished and your now lifeless body will crave salvation. Alas, those that have visited the abyss are condemned to dwell in hellfire forever.

It is hellfire.

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24.03.2014 - 07:16
Rating: 9
Zaph
The Nothingth
I literally get trouble breathing sometimes while listening to this album.
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24.03.2014 - 21:26
Rating: 10
InnerSelf
proofread free
Written by Zaph on 24.03.2014 at 07:16

I literally get trouble breathing sometimes while listening to this album.

Midway through Circle, Caucus of Mind's build up, Beneath This Face's climax outro and Ignotum Per Ignotius's solo. I can feel you bro
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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24.03.2014 - 21:30
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
I always get a float-like feeling when I get to the amazing and spacey solo on "The Order Of Destiny" (2:53... Although build-up is a must).
It just sounds so bizarre together with the tribal drums and the way they just don't riff but simply hit the guitars. Simply brilliant.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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24.03.2014 - 21:51
Rating: 10
InnerSelf
proofread free
Written by Mr. Doctor on 24.03.2014 at 21:30

I always get a float-like feeling when I get to the amazing and spacey solo on "The Order Of Destiny" (2:53... Although build-up is a must).
It just sounds so bizarre together with the tribal drums and the way they just don't riff but simply hit the guitars. Simply brilliant.

I get a circus-like feeling from that part!
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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24.03.2014 - 21:57
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by InnerSelf on 24.03.2014 at 21:51

Written by Mr. Doctor on 24.03.2014 at 21:30

I always get a float-like feeling when I get to the amazing and spacey solo on "The Order Of Destiny" (2:53... Although build-up is a must).
It just sounds so bizarre together with the tribal drums and the way they just don't riff but simply hit the guitars. Simply brilliant.

I get a circus-like feeling from that part!


Really? Because I get the circus feeling at 6:17.... D:
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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24.03.2014 - 21:59
Rating: 9
Zaph
The Nothingth
Written by InnerSelf on 24.03.2014 at 21:26

Written by Zaph on 24.03.2014 at 07:16

I literally get trouble breathing sometimes while listening to this album.

Midway through Circle, Caucus of Mind's build up, Beneath This Face's climax outro and Ignotum Per Ignotius's solo. I can feel you bro

Those are definitely some of the points where it happens.
Also, the intro to Circle is so beautiful it makes me sad. Few bands can pull that off.
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24.03.2014 - 22:04
Rating: 10
InnerSelf
proofread free
Written by Mr. Doctor on 24.03.2014 at 21:57

Really? Because I get the circus feeling at 6:17.... D:


When this sort of thing happens it means that it's been too long since I last listened to the album

Written by Zaph on 24.03.2014 at 21:59

Those are definitely some of the points where it happens.
Also, the intro to Circle is so beautiful it makes me sad. Few bands can pull that off.

One if the greatest intros ever!
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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24.03.2014 - 22:05
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by InnerSelf on 24.03.2014 at 22:04

Written by Mr. Doctor on 24.03.2014 at 21:57

Really? Because I get the circus feeling at 6:17.... D:


When this sort of thing happens it means that it's been too long since I last listened to the album


Yeah, I'm pretty sure you got the parts switched. But yeah, this album is ok!
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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06.06.2014 - 10:26
Maco
Handbanana
Fucking wow! This is HUGE.
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I'm derp.
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19.06.2014 - 06:36
Rating: 10
Death_95
Without a doubt the best album ever made, I don't have a fucking doubt in my mind about this.
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01.09.2014 - 02:47
Rating: 9
Zaph
The Nothingth
Music should not be able to make me feel so shit.
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01.09.2014 - 03:01
Rating: 9
Zaph
The Nothingth
Written by InnerSelf on 24.03.2014 at 22:04

One if the greatest intros ever!

And so simple too...
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15.02.2015 - 03:02
Rating: 8
God Alone
So freaking huge and absorbing. I love it.
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18.03.2015 - 13:57
Timmeh
Dudeman
Finally cracked Funeral Doom, so much feel.
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