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SACRILEGIUM

Devil Doll

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loserboy
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3 stars DEVIL DOLL has to be one of the most bizarre, frightening, confronting and satisfying bands in existence. Their music is a chilly assault on your senses possessing unique tonal atmospheres and very ecletic epic songs. There is simply no way to explain in details the feelings and emotions DEVIL DOLL's music possesses. 'Sacrilegium' begins with a bang, soaring organs and seventies prog slowly overtaken by a demonic choir chanting some sacred rites. Then, Mr. Doctor, the high priest of DEVIL DOLL, begins his serpentine recitation, of mysteries and tales of horror with his warbling raspy falsetto. I personally find "Sacrilegium" to be themost theatrical (if that is possible) of all the DEVIL DOLL recordings and really acts out in a vaudevillian manner. Truly possessed and haunting art rock. The unusual and unpredictable music of DEVIL DOLL is an elaborate tapestry of styles, a surreal exploration of the unknown territory that is the 'theatre of the mind'. Intense and dramatic, the DEVIL DOLL experience spans the broad spectrum of music and emotions. Essential music for your expanding brain.

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Send comments to loserboy (BETA) | Report this review (#1720)
Posted Saturday, March 20, 2004 | Review Permalink
lor68
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4 stars Perhaps their best effort, not completely original, but by developing the music ideas, finding their achievement within the following "Dies Irae" two years ago (without regarding of the album "The Sacrilege of Fatal Arms"). They demonstrated a good skill and a definite personality as well!! Besides they took care of the arrangements and some interesting music colors too, a bit better than the majority of the other issues!! Moreover you can find a certain maturity and the right balance between such classic prog and dark metal: well I don't get crazy for this particular music genre, so you could also erase one star if you're not too much into this "Gothic" style...make your own choice!

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Send comments to lor68 (BETA) | Report this review (#1721)
Posted Thursday, April 01, 2004 | Review Permalink
5 stars Sacrilegium is the my favorite álbum of Devil Doll. The long title track is a morbid exemple of insanity mind of Mr Doctor (the mastermind of band). The music is a dark symphonic prog, with great passages of choir and orchestra, or funeral music of hell. If you like dark and dramatic atmophorics, Sacrilegium, is mandatory parade for you!

Good luck.

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Posted Monday, July 17, 2006 | Review Permalink
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3 stars The start to a beautiful composition.

If you ask me, this version is much poorer in terms of arrangement than its re-released version, although much of the music is the same. The biggest difference being the procession at the end where a man seems to have been buried, perhaps alive as there is a beating heart. I much prefer the extended and more gripping version of this "song".

The first 5 minutes of this album should be able to grip you, and if it can't, then its unlikely that this music is for you. The first 5 minutes has pretty much every element that Devil Doll has become known for. It is bombastic, dark, ethereal, and much of the like, with Mr. Doctor's peculiar vocal antics. Call Devil Doll the prog antithesis of the bright and cheery Genesis.

If my rating seems low given my liking for the music, let it be of note that I rarely if ever listen to this, given the superiority of the following release. Just shows how much good music can be affected by placement.

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Posted Wednesday, February 21, 2007 | Review Permalink
3 stars A vision unrefined. Though I found this before The Sacrilege of Fatal Arms, it is not my personal favorite, it feels as if Mr. Doctor was trying to cram as much into the 'song' as he could, which doesn't give the subject justice. The transitions feel awkward, such as towards the end where it abruptly concludes with the choir - never really worked for me. Its refinement in the reworking shows just how important pacing is in the working of musical pieces such as Devil Dolls. Musically, all the potential of a great piece is there, it just needed reordering and proper pacing to give it the musical direction of Devil Dolls follow up masterwork.

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