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3.89 | 9 ratings

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4 stars French outfit Venturia's sophomore effort is an aptly named creation.

The musical style explored is one describeable as progressive industrial metal, and personally made me think of a mix between acts like Deadsoul Tribe, Dream Theater and Nine Inch Nails - although I do suspect others will form different conclusions when it comes to the musical heritage resulting in this creation. Nightwish should probably be name-dropped too, given the utilization of mellow, clearly commercial-sounding passages as well as melodramatic and symphonic effects in some tunes.

The songs as such are enjoyable; well made and well performed. The compositions are somewhat predictable and tend to follow a distinct pattern; but strong moods, groovy melodies and some quirky details make them interesting non the less; with the ballad Why This Woman's Life and the quirky exploration Sublimated Dementia deserving special mention.

The main problem with a release such as this is that it's neither fowl or fish though; and as such it may have a limited appeal. Still, worth checking out by those who think that fosh or fiwl might be a cool thing.

Windhawk | 4/5 |


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