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3 stars I'm definitely out of my comfort zone reviewing this French metal band, released by Black Widow (Italy). With my thin acquaintance on the metal genre I guess one good reference is BLACK SABBATH, concerning both playing and the vocal style. (Thank God there are no awful growls at least.)The lyrics are in English with the exception of 'Chimeres'. The guitar-heavy sound includes mellotron and a little bit of flute, which are the best features. Though the flute mostly seems to be piccolo which I'm not much enjoying. For the most of the time I find the music quite tiresome and stuffy to my ears - but remember I'm not a heavy/metal listener in the first place.

'Light for the Blind' is the longest, nearly 11 minutes, and it contains a cool, proggy instrumental section centred around the ghostly keyboard carpet until the electric guitar solo enters, followed by a high-pitched flute and the return to vocals. Another good moment is the low-key instrumental piece 'No Peace at Last' for keyboards and guitar only. However these less heavy moments are too scarce for me to be much excited by this band.

I'm really not the right guy to say but probably this band is worth recommending to those enjoying old-school heavy metal and mellotron-flavoured sound. There's a dystopic atmosphere on this album. The cover art reminds me of the scifi movie Snowpiercer. Eternal Winter!

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