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THE SACRILEGE OF FATAL ARMS

Devil Doll

 

Heavy Prog

3.75 | 61 ratings

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slack4justice
2 stars -2.5 stars

The music of Devil Doll is highly influenced by the macabre scene of old horror films, and hugely influenced by early horror soundtracks. And when that movie doesn't have soundtrack, Mr. Doctor, the band's mastermind, likes to put music to it. Anyways, plots and emotions of old horror movies are turned into thematic orchestral hard rock that DOES NOT WORK. Now, I'm a huge fan of horror, especially old horror, it's one of my hobbies. I know Mr. Doctor likes that scene as well (and wrote a bio on Bernard Herrmann), but whatever Mr. Doctor is trying to prove here, doesn't work on any level. The discipline of the musicians involved are kind of shot down by Mr. Doctor's weak arrangements, and badly accompanied by his "1,000" voices, in which all I hear is him trying to be operatic and absolutely demonically, disgustingly weird at the same time, and I can't take it seriously. There are very few moments in this album (which is one long track) where there's a sense of good emotion and melody that's even decently connected to the theme of what's trying to occur in Mr. Doctor's settings. The lyrics travel all over the place, most of them seeming like things Mr. Doctor wrote down on a napkin that he wanted to just say an end whenever he felt. Dated metal guitar and electronic drums overlap shoddy orchestral work that never successes to invoke any kind of emotion in you, which you think would happen due to the subject matter, but it just doesn't. I respect what's going on here, well, at least what's trying to happen, but what Mr. Doctor is dealing with, I KNOW he could make something very powerful and successful in his visions, but this is not it, at all.

| 2/5 |

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