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4 stars I like this album a lot.Split into 6 movements the music is very dark in tone and cleverly uses sequencers combined with choir. Movement 1 is quite frantic and full on. The Choir earn their corn! Movement 2 is a short interlude building a very lovely reflective tone very reminescent of Heaven and Hell. Movement 3 has a very ominous feel like a dark ritual is taking place to summon the forces of evil .A thumping Timpani punctuates every so often.There is some respite as the lighter female side of the choir takes over.Very lovely although that ominous timpiani soon gets to work again. Movement 4 is my favorite peice without question. Much slower in pace and reminsescent of some parts of the Soil Festivites album. The lead male vocal is just a complete joy.Serious goosebumps time. The whole peice is so perfect and must stand as one of Vangelis achievements. Movement 5 returns to the frantic sequencing that started the album with something of a nod towards the Spiral album. There seems to be a bit more interplay between the synths and choir.After about 4 minutes the music changes direction and a slower pace insues.Percussion is used very nicely here as it is throughout the album before the frantic pace returns. Movement 6 is a shortish peice, light in tone, to end matters nicely.Again that Heaven Hell comparison comes to mind. Overall this would be a perfect soundtrack for a film about demonic possession and sacrificial ritual!
richardh | 4/5 |


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