Antropophobia - Scream In Emptiness review



Reviewer:
6.9

7 users:
7.29
Band: Antropophobia
Album: Scream In Emptiness
Release date: 2011


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.


Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 6
Originality: 6
Production: 8


 



Written on 02.11.2011 by BitterCOld has been officially reviewing albums for MetalStorm since 2009.


Comments

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02.11.2011 - 08:50
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Hm. You bring up a lot of negative points but sometimes those points are exactly what I like in my black metal so this is definitely going on the watchlist.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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02.11.2011 - 10:59
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
I hate Diet Coke as I am already weighing around 45-50 Kg!! Btw I'll definitely check it out what's so "quasi-evil, evil or mashed evil in this"!!
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02.11.2011 - 11:15
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Iremember I checked it out quite some time ago... I remember I didn't like it so much to even stay in my computer so I don't think this review will make me change my mind.
Good review anyway.
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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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02.11.2011 - 19:25
Ag Fox
Angel No More
I like the album quite a lot, but I do think the review is very fair (=
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loves 小巫
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03.11.2011 - 05:16
wormdrink414
Quote:

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.


First, lol. Second, pretty sure that's not a distinction most Blazer fans know how to make.
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03.11.2011 - 10:31
!J.O.O.E.!
Account deleted
I kinda like it.
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03.11.2011 - 15:32
Merchant of Doom
It's a 5 for me... fuzzy, mid-paced guitars, toy drums, BM-ish vocals... the ideas are good, the execution abysmal... a couple of good tracks, though, but not enough to make this interesting...
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06.11.2011 - 08:02
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Guest on 03.11.2011 at 10:31
I kinda like it.

I like it quite a bit actually. Just got through my second listen and I think it sits at about a 7 or 7.5. The vocals threw me off at first but after a full song they weren't an obstacle.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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06.11.2011 - 08:25
BitterCOld
Gringo
Written by Troy Killjoy on 06.11.2011 at 08:02

Written by Guest on 03.11.2011 at 10:31
I kinda like it.

I like it quite a bit actually. Just got through my second listen and I think it sits at about a 7 or 7.5. The vocals threw me off at first but after a full song they weren't an obstacle.


i like it as well, but perhaps it was repeated and repeated listens that helped me develop a tolerance. it is a pleasant listen, well constructed songs with good production... but didn't leave me with a significant impact.
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get the fuck off my lawn.
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05.02.2012 - 00:23
omjaimes
omjaimes
I like an album is not memorable, but by far one can observe that it is a good art project even though production has been made without much technological or economic resources, hopefully a label put on eye on it.
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