Antropophobia - Scream In Emptiness review
|Album:||Scream In Emptiness|
01. Antropophobia (Thoughts Of An Angel)
02. Lucifer's Scream
03. Suicide Of Genius
04. When The Dark Angel Cried
05. Beauty Of Chaos
06. Scream In Emptiness
07. In The Night
08. Light Kills
09. It's All Over
BadMoodMan music hails one man musical project Antropophobia (I guess if you are afraid of people, as the choice in band name infers, it makes sense to be a solo project) as dark metal. I guess that makes sense.
Scream In Emptiness sees Dmitry Konovalov cull various elements of different genres and fuse them into one cohesive sound. Within you'll find the misanthropic lyrics and rasped vocals of black metal, the melancholy of doom, even occasional Gilmour-era Pink Floyd-style solos, combined with mid-paced distorted riffing, all drenched in an atmospheric keyboard cocoon.
The sound and feel is what you could expect with the above description - songs plod along, driven by some fuzzed out distorted guitars (I dig the tone), with keyboards providing mood enhancement. DK rasps lyrical negativity over what is only perhaps slightly depressive music. Think "my favorite sports team just lost a regular season game" dismay, as opposed to "my entire family died in a fiery car accident, crashing into my bride-to-be's limo on the way to our wedding, killing her and her family as well" full blown despair. Throw the remote at the TV sadness as opposed to throw yourself off a bridge woe.
This is likely the result of taking some elements of hostile, negative music and mashing it all into a clean sounding, synth-swathed package… During the distillation process, they effectively diluted the emotional impact of those elements. It sounds great, the songs are good, but the whole effect is muted.
Scream In Emptiness has been referred to as "Luciferian" dark metal, so to drive my impression home, I will paraphrase another diabolic antagonist, Doctor Evil.
The vibe "is semi-evil. It's quasi-evil. The margarine of evil. It's the Diet Coke of evil. Just one calorie, not evil enough."
But hey, I enjoy a Diet Coke from time to time, and I did enjoy this album.
||Written on 02.11.2011 by BitterCOld has been officially reviewing albums for MetalStorm since 2009.|
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