Mother of Abominations - Review
It is great to be presented with more great music from this talented artist and vocalist we've grown to love over the years.
This latest work dives into the depths of a mix of neo-classical over martial industrial across nine powerful masterpieces on this album.
I think Annmari has really found her passion with her work with this project. Though she has many years experience working with one of the greatest neo-classical projects around with Arcana
, the difference she brings out in this work is notable and with this sophomore album shows a bit more cohesiveness between the bombastic rhythms, neo-classical elements and angelic vocals. We see this throughout the album is the intensity slowly builds across various tracks and creates various diverse moods. Her vibrant voice shines forth out of the ashes of the dark and gloom of the grandiloquent mix of percussion and heavily symphonic orechestral arrangements.
As with most artists and albums, a few pieces have really stood out with some gracing our top 10 playlists since we introduced them on our radio waves. "The Get" is the first of these that appears on the album with the angelic vocals soaring like sirens, encompassing the listener with the beautiful musical compositions. This is followed immediately by "All Her Princes Are Gone" which slowly builds on the celestial soundwaves of the slowly building symphonic elements with more subtle, yet moving percussion all as a backdrop the spell-binding vocals. This neo-classical piece really stands out as a beacon of beauty on this album. The various structures come alive on "Shapes Without Shadows" as the moving symphonic strings come out strong for a sweet, enticing melody and another stellar piece. The album moves along nicely across a cohesive mix from piece to piece as wel slowly, yet bombastically make our way through the mystical world created by the hauntingly beautiful music surrounding us as we listen. All selections are noteworthy and come together well with "Enemies of God" wrapping it up with the martial industrial beats taking more of a lead on the dark and haunting soundscapes.
Once again I feel like I can't recommend this artist enough for fans of other neo-classical or similar martial industrial projects. She brings both worlds together perfectly and memorably to span the genres and create a whole new mystical world to enjoy.
Oppressed By The Heavens - Review
The name of Annmari Thim should not be new to any readers or listeners here on Gothic Paradise with her involvement in one of our favorite neo-classical projects Arcana
as well as with Seventh Harmonic
2012 sees this talented vocalist join the ranks of Prikosnovenie
with this project, accompanied by Cristian Ellingsen on guitars and compositions and Mattias Borg on percussion. We're presented with a variety styles from the classical to various ethnic sounds on this album across nine beautiful pieces, forming a sort of cross between Arcana
and Seventh Harmonic
The album starts off dark and brooding with the introductory track "Come Forth" which is just a short piece just over a minute long and sets the pace and mood for the album. As each selection builds, it creates a dynamic and unique part of the overall theme of this somewhat concept album exploring various mythological elements. The poetic and mystical lyrics are brought forth through captivating music accented with various tribal, martial or middle-eastern percussion and layered with dark yet beautiful orchestral synthesized strings and heavy bass. All of this builds up and creates beautiful soundscapes, a nice canvas for the angelic vocals.
The album is fairly homogenous as it moves along from piece to piece. Annmari's vocals really form the foundation for it all, the common thread that holds it all together. A few favorites that stand out to me include those that are anchored more in the neo-classical and ethereal elements, usually building up layer after layer, adding more percussion and so on. A perfect example of this is "Ardent Lily" starting off with simple acoustic guitar with various symphonic layers forming the backdrop to the beautiful vocals. It slowly moves along, building with some excellent, puncuated, heavy bass percussion and built up with added percussion and more layers of electronics. Later in the album "Love Inflamed" captures the listener with the beautiful melodies of broken chords that give way to heavy, dynamic synths and percussion. In similar style "Crime of Passion" comes to life toward the end of the album in simple beauty, focusing on the soft and simple vocals that really hold the listener entranced. This brings us to the finale to the album which brings a bit of everything, soft, subtle, simply beautiful vocals coupled with the bombastic symphonic sounds laced with operatic vocals as well. This creates a very dynamic and powerful ending to the album to finalize things perfectly.
Fans of the aforementioned projects in the neo-classical genres should enjoy this album. It's angelic and beautiful and anchored in solid synths and great harmonies, puncuated by dynamic percussion for a great style. Don't hesitate and pick it up.
Labels: Equilibrium Music