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Devil Doll


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3.71 | 120 ratings

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3 stars Unlike most previous Devil Doll releases, Dies Irae was split into parts to allow listeners to easily find particular parts of the composition. Make no mistake though: this is another album-length single-track saga following the precedent and compositional principles established in The Girl Who Was Death, in Devil Doll's characteristic application of symphonic prog compositional principles to gothic rock aesthetics and subject matter. The inclusion of string soloists borrowed from the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra aids the enigmatic Mr Doctor in attaining the level of pomp and gravitas aimed for, and if the band's basic approach hasn't evolved much since the debut, it hasn't degraded much either.

I think the album's downfall - and Devil Doll's downfall in general - is that they fall between two stools somewhat. They're too cheesy to be serious, but too serious to be entertainingly campy.

Warthur | 3/5 |


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