Thee Orakle - Smooth Comforts False
Label: Ethereal Sound Works
Reviewer: Nada K. Ahmed - 2012-08-01
In comparison to the new material produced after the era of, Paradise Lost and Theatre of Tragedy, there are plenty of contemporary acts that ought to be given all credit for reviving Gothic Metal -- a term swept away by winds of change and taken for granted for so long. As a genre, it is defined (based on its fans’ view) as becoming nothing more than female vocals with lousy music playing in the background.
Alongside with Painted Black, Black Sun Aeon and, The 11th Hour, another one of these “revival” acts is Thee Orakle. Formed in 2004, the female-fronted Gothic\Doom\Progressive Death Metal band from Portugal is on their 3rd album, Smooth Comforts False and have topped themselves and mastered a whole new level of professionalism, placing an immense effort in creating this masterpiece of 9 tracks that might be going global after their music had been mostly limited to radio broadcasting.
Technically speaking, Thee Orakle executes an unconventional mix of different elements perfectly escorting together in a way that enriches and strengthens their music, making it pretty solid even, something that a lot of musicians fail to manage. With a myriad of guest appearances, such as: Orphaned Land’s guitarist, Yossi Massi, The Foreshadowing’s vocals Marco Benevento as well as Mão Morta’s and, Mécanosphère’s vocals Adolfo Luxúria Canibal.
The treat of this album could be the surprisingly jazzy interludes between the enchantingly heavy, raining riffs of Melodic Death\Doom Metal and the fairness of Micaela Cardoso’s voice. In specific, Psi-Drama , Evil Dreamsand The Bride of The Flowing River stand out as the most powerful and technical songs of the record – as well as, Rescue of Mind which is enclosed by an outstanding outro. Hopefulness, however, is the one that fails the curve since it’s not as technical as the others.
If it makes a difference, personally, I consider, Smooth Comforts False one of 2012 top ‘pleasurous’ releases and a lure for any fan of Death\Doom Metal.