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Arcana Coelestia
Le Mirage de L’idéal


4.5
superb

Review

by Quattro Bajeena CONTRIBUTOR (154 Reviews)
April 1st, 2010 | 111 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


Throughout all of my ventures of music listening, one genre that I have yet to really connect with, is blackened funeral doom. From the outside descriptions, the genre just never really seemed that interesting; slow, churning guitars, crawling drum beats and generally long, drawn out song lengths. Even while many bands incorporate elements of doom into their song structures, the thought of whole tunes comprising of these qualities for the longest time, seemed quite off putting. Fortunate for me then, that recently i have come upon the band Arcana Coelestia, a blackened funeral doom outfit harking from Cagliari, Italy. Their sophomore effort Le mirage de l’idéal is the album that has me being convinced that maybe funeral doom, isn't so boring after all.

While every single aspect of the songwriting seen on Le mirage de l’idéal is a factor that contributes to its ultimate success, the full and lush orchestrations that dominate the length record are undoubtedly its most enjoyable factors. From opening song "Duskfall" to album closer "...Thus Fade in Nocturnal Deluge" the album is packed to the brim with sorrow filled, despair inducing atmospherics. In particular title track "Le mirage de l’idéal" (which ironically seems to be the most upbeat song on the album) is abundant in classically influenced synth keys, and is also noticeable for the being the first track to feature vocalist LS's incredible clean vocals. While his usual vocals include deep, guttural growls or sometimes even higher pitched rasps similar to black metal, his mid-ranged operatic styled vocals fit in perfect with the bleak and dreary atmosphere produced by the keyboards and other instruments. Another vocal landmark on the album is the introduction of female operatic vocals on the song " Tragedy & Delirium I - The Tragedy", which are surprisingly uplifted, a stark, yet pleasant contrast from the rest of the music.

Musically, the guitar, drums and bass remain on the simpler side throughout the entirety of Le mirage de l’idéal. The guitars, which contain the down tuned element of death metal, yet the simplicity in delivery of black metal. Of course guitar player MZ throws in a few surprises here and there, with tracks like "Requiem (For the Fathomless Void of Redemption)"featuring swathes of clean guitar and tremolo picked dual guitar harmonies. Drummer Thorns may not show off the most technical or mind blowing approach to drumming on Le mirage de l’idéal to call him merely adequate is a large understatement. Throughout the record he displays a simpler style of drumming accented by unusual fills and great timing. Unfortunately bass player Sephrenel is drowned out for most of the album, a shame considering some bottom end could perhaps make this a perfect record.

Overall, this is an album that seasoned veterans and newcomers to blackened funeral doom alike could enjoy immensely. Dominated by strong melodies, great playing and powerful emotions, Le mirage de l’idéal comes dangerously close to being a perfect record. As for Arcana Coelestia, where the quality of their future releases may lie still remains shrouded in mystery, but if it is close quality to Le mirage de l’idéal they may just find themselves as one of the best regarded bands in the genre.



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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2010


27112 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Really great record.

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BallsToTheWall
April 2nd 2010


50139 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, this shit is cool. Good review.

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Crysis
Emeritus
April 2nd 2010


17495 Comments


Sounds interesting, I'll check it out.

Relinquished
April 2nd 2010


45639 Comments


Album/artwork/review is cool.

bloozclooz
April 2nd 2010


1770 Comments


blackened funeral doom

if what you're recommending can get me into such an oddly named genre, you win a fucking prize

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2010


27112 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

haha thanks (and thanks to everyone)





but this is really good release, i don't see why anyone wouldn't like it.

supertouchox2
April 2nd 2010


1062 Comments


Good review, and my thoughts on funeral doom are similar to yours.

But yeah, this sounds sweet, will check it out.


Pos

rasputin
April 2nd 2010


14968 Comments


the majority of blackened funeral doom is so bad

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2010


27112 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i wouldn't really know, i've only heard one or two things besides this (which i don't really enjoy). But have you heard this Rasp?

rasputin
April 2nd 2010


14968 Comments


nope, i don't think i'd like it though

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2010


27112 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

perhaps not

bloozclooz
April 2nd 2010


1770 Comments


yeah so this fucking sucks, but you get a pos for tricking me into listening to it.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2010


27112 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

sucks? you crazy son. well thanks for the pos anyway. honestly i couldn't really see this being your thing anyways.

bloozclooz
April 2nd 2010


1770 Comments


right now i'm going through my metal phase where i need to have actual riffs going on, this more atmospheric stuff really is lost on me

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2010


27112 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Understandable. You should listen to Aguynguerrnan -Perverting the Nazarene Cult. Its riff heavy black/death metal you'd probably like

bloozclooz
April 2nd 2010


1770 Comments


right now I'm struggling to write a review for [id], it fucking sucks so bad, but i'm trying to write an unbiased review.

try listening to that 10 times in one day, and then think up intelligent things to say about it,

fuck

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2010


27112 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah, negative reviews are hard to write, because you want to give an unbiased opinion without sounding like your ranting.

bloozclooz
April 2nd 2010


1770 Comments


i'm giving it a 2.5, because it really sits in the middle of the road, i sound like i'm repeating myself every paragraph, just like you said about ranting, so it's going to need a few drafts

ugh

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2010


27112 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

haha i feel your pain

cvlts
April 2nd 2010


9675 Comments


bout fuckin time someone reviewed this. this and urnas new album fuckin epic



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