Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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Artist: Proscriptor
Title: The Serpentine Has Risen
Format: CD
Label: Dragon Flight Recordings (@)
An epic blend of folk noire, occult atmospheric wave, magical and ritual passages, Celtic paganism, neo-classicism and such... As you might have already understood, this is the kind of CD that will please fans of labels such as World Serpent, 4AD or Projekt and bands such as the Butterfly Messiah, Lacrimosa, La Camerata Mediolanense, Argine, Dead Can Dance or The Soil Bleeds Black (why wasn't I surprised to see Mike Riddick's name among the credits? He's responsible for the front cover art work - also reviewed on these pages are records by Brave and Rain Fell Within, which also carry Riddick's signature in the visual dept.). Although this is not primarily my cup of tea I feel pretty confident stating that Proscriptor (previously on Cruel Moon and Cold Meat) should stick to their darker side and let go of the kitsch industrial-rock or epic-metal experiments (not only out of context, musically at least, but also not reaching the highs of bands that perform such genres every day). Their orchestral and epic visionary pieces are far superior I think. They also seem to be more into that than anything else (judging from the texts contained in the booklet and the fact that founding member and leader of the band Sir Proscriptor McGovern even claims to have founded the phantomatic Thelemic Order of the Golden Dawn, in Dallas, Texas). Anyway, besides all this extra-musical things that one might or might not believe in, "The Serpentine Has Risen" contains well-performed dark-folk music with, primarily, real percussions and string instruments. There is also a persistent usage of electronics, that sometimes fits in pretty well, but other times doesn't really help, in my opinion. The album contains eight voyages with different theme names.

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