Grand Alchemist -
Reviewer: Azmo Lozmodial - 2012-12-01
Highlights: A Brilliant Dissonance, Alcohol And Gamblin
Ten years of painful waiting has finally come to an end, since the debut album "Intervening Coma-Celebration" I've been anticipating another professional symphonic black metal release full of majestic performance by the Norwegian metal band Grand Alchemist. The successful beginnings of the band has built my first impression about the second full-length album that has been released this year, and I really consider this album as one of the best black metal albums of the year 2012.
A lot of people think that the cinematic taste that the band Carach Angren presented this year with their latest album cant be compared to another black metal release, but somehow I personally think this album is the only release that can be compared. The using of the oriental keyboard touches gave the whole majesty of the sound more depth and cinematic smell, just like the catchy tune of the lead guitars. The brutal drumming and the lead guitars made some tracks like "A Brilliant Dissonance" and "Alcohol And Gambling " special, also the harsh vocals and the soft-clean short vocals section have blown the atmosphere with more vibration and headbangy feelings.
The hideous head on the artwork is the only thing that can describe the royal-repulsive riffing that the band has managed to present in this album, especially the musical scenario that melts down the sound of the synths together with the grimness of the guitars (though I didn't really like the sound of the rhythm guitar that much). The tracks "Touching The Cause of My Muse" and "Creme de la Creme Collapse" are gifts for all the metallers who adore the textures of the symphonic-orchestral elements inside the extreme metal, the influences are somehow hard to pick because the overall sound is really complex and enigmatic.
To be honest, this release has crossed all the red lines with its epic performance and talent, so I recommend this release for all the fans of the melodic extreme metal realm around the globe. I really don't recommend this release for the fans of the raw black metal because the elements of the 'black metal riffing' is rare and extremely hard to recognize inside this massive piece of work. I will be waiting more successful releases for this band in the future, even if the incoming release took more than 20 years.