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THE SACRILEGE OF FATAL ARMS

Devil Doll

 

Heavy Prog

3.75 | 61 ratings

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Gatot
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4 stars Bombastic, unstructured, but .enjoyable!

That is what I can tell about the music of Devil Doll's "The Sacrilege of Fatal Arms" looking at the entire music of this album which consumes one full length of a CD without any spare at all - or probably couple of seconds only. Looking at the musical approach this album is very bombastic as the band composed their music by taking into consideration of occupying the whole space of the CD!

As far as music concerns, this album is quite bombastic in its approach as it starts with a kind like a live ambient - which might be the case with this album - that reminds me to Rick Wakeman's "Journey to The Center of the Earth". The only different thing is the kind of music produced. While Rick Wakeman's based the composition on orchestra music while this album takes different approach: use orchestra as accentuation of the whole plot of messages the song tries to convey. Of course, the nice thing happens when the music blends all together all elements of rock / metal, guitar riffs and drums into symphonic music. The moods also different from one segment to another as it is indicated by the type of music: from mellow to grandiose orchestral arrangements and it abruptly stop to a segment with mellow style where only piano accompanies the vocal. On vocal, I admire the range of vocal style by Mr Doctor from start to end. In fact in certain segments he can have various (probably 3 or 4 types) vocal at certain part. The music also brings a church organ solo as well as violin / cello solo. One might consider enjoying this album is like experiencing with a journey of 79 minute plus music which its various endeavors.

The various moods and styles offered by this album are also combined with multi-structure that is very hard to follow. It's pointless to trace the album using melody line to connect the dots - from one segment to another. But if you don't care about this matter, you just need to enjoy every piece of music this album offers without any preconceived ideas on how the music should sound like. Of course there are parts with melodic or catchy tag line but it's very rare as you would get the subtleties by combining altogether into one cohesive music.

Overall, I would say that this is an excellent album by Devil Doll. The fact that as an album this release should integrate all segments of the only one song into cohesive whole, this is what the bad is not truly successful. I tend to give three stars instead of four. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild.

Gatot | 4/5 |

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