Vielikan - A Trapped Way For Wisdom
Reviewer: Mujtaba M Badr - 2012-09-06
Highlights: The Beginning of all Remorse, Black Marsh
The most important thing when you do any kind of music, that you feel what are you playing, put yourself and your emotions in the music you play, and that’s what Vielikan had succeeded to deliver with their debut album “A Trapped Way For Wisdom”.
Not new to the metal scene, early as 2002, the story of Tuinisan guys of Vielikan had started, but with deferent name, and it was until 2008 the band had take full shape, and give the world the world their first debut Emotional Void, first EP released in February 2009. And by the end of 2010, they have released their debut album, which ranging from emotional slow doomy metal, and progress into raging death metal.
Influenced by the masters of the Progressive Death and Death Doom, you can find elements from Opeth, Gojira, early Katatonia and even some Funeral Doom Metal moments here and there. Fedor Souissi vocals are strong enough to catch you ears and put them in the right atmosphere, and he deliver a great guitar effort with the help of Yessine. One of the band highlights is the talented bassist Mehdi Aouini, which his bass lines were perfectly heard and complete the picture that Vielikan is drawing here, but when you come to the drums, you feel Haythem is falling behind for some moment, like in the opening track “The Beginning of all Remorse”, while he blend in perfectly with the band atmosphere in another moments, such as in “Black Marsh”.
Recorded at home, the shortest song last for 7 minutes, two songs above the 10 minutes edge, an hour long musical journey, a concept album with solid emotional lyrics, you gota give the credit for those Tunisian boys for giving us a great debut here, but still lack some originality. Having a better quality, with more original ideas, for their next release, this band can have a solid name as Myrath or even bigger. Oh, and maybe you should do more attractive cover album art work!
Stand out tracks: all are good, but if I had to pick, it will be “A Vertiginous Fall”, mainly for its perfect outro.