Friday, November 1, 2019

Articulus "I"

Country: Norway
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: Etymology Recordings
Format: CD, digital, vinyl, cassette
Release date: November 1, 2019
1. The Bonfire Of The Vanities (6:38)
2. Beneath The Veneer (4:54)
3. The Unconfined (4:21)
4. Absinthe (4:40)
5. And Velvet Became Iron (7:00)
6. Mutiny (7:28)
7. The Smouldering Ember (6:06)
8. Pulse Of The Earth (4:53)
9. Letter From Rome, 1610 (5:56)
10. The Last (7:43)
11. A Fair Intruder (5:25)
12. An Asp Unto My Breast (6:53)

Total Time 71:57

Chris Willumsen - lead guitars, bass, orchestrations
Erling Malm - guitars, bass, vocals
Dirk Verbeuren - drums

“The Bonfire of the Vanities” leads off the album, with what sounds like a full on choir you would have in a church. Then, the main melody comes in, rugged and ambitious. The vocal harmonies are excellent. Their compositional skills are underscored here…these guys are very thoughtful. Some of the songwriting is almost Classical in nature and Malm has an outstanding voice. “Beneath the Veneer” is a darker song, more in the vein of SYMPHONY X. The guitars maintain a steady and heavy presence while the vocals are smooth and easy on the ears. The harmonies in the chorus are where they really shine.
Read the full review by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at metal-temple.com


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