Origin: South Korea
Genre: Melodic Black Metal Symphonic Black Metal
Label: Aural Music WormHoleDeath
South Korean symphonic black metallers Dark Mirror ov Tragedy are back with their new full-length album “The Lunatic Chapters of Heavenly Creatures“. This Seoul based band was formed in 2003 and two years later managed to release its first work “Dark Mirror ov Tragedy“. In 2009 the masterpiece “The Pregnant of Despair” was out, an album that I totally adored. Next year the EP “Under a Withered Branch” was released, including covers and alternate versions of older songs. Four years later, the band signed a deal with WormHoleDeath, an Aural Music sub-label, in order to release its 3rd full-length album that was finally out on June 18th 2014.
Dark Mirror ov Tragedy play symphonic black metal of a very melodic, grandiose and bombastic nature! The term symphonic metal finds its real meaning in this album, whose 9 songs are a 60-minute melodic relentless assault. Well, there is no doubt that the album is a bit overloaded and excessive, but the result is so brilliant that nothing else matters! Compared to the previous works, the production is much more professional, their guitars are really improved and more technical and there is a much heavier balance in their sound. Of course keyboards and classical instruments like piano, cello and violin are still very dominant in their orchestrations and their virtuoso solos are once again the highlight of their compositions, especially when they are combined with the extreme metal outbreaks. Classical music influences are more than obvious in their songs and their combination with the unique melancholic atmosphere of contemporary Korean music and the dark Gothic avant-garde aesthetic of their melodic black metal, creates a really interesting result.
It is really amazing how many melodic ideas are in this album! Their songs avoid the typical bridge – refrain structures, and they prefer the difficult path of composing one brilliant melody after the other, all in “minor” scales (that makes it even more difficult), keeping at the same time a common atmosphere throughout the whole album. Amazing! Each time you listen to this album you discover thousands of new details that draw a stupid smile on your face and fill you with pride and satisfaction for the music you love! Rhythm and intensity are subjects of continuous changes in their compositions and the music moves from symphonic metal and bombastic melodic black metal to amazing acoustic passages and classical music inspired interludes. Sure this style requires a lot of technical skills, but all Dark Mirror ov Tragedy members prove themselves really mature and talented musicians. The band’s main singer M.Pneuma changes between many styles of extreme singing, moving from typical black metal growls, to shrieking screams or deeper brutal vocals, while the use of wonderful choirs and guest female soprano vocals add even more interest and variety in the album. Their poetic lyrics are all in English and ”The Lunatic Chapters of Heavenly Creatures” is actually a concept album based on various tragic stories.
I think there is not much to say about this excellent album. If you are a fan of symphonic, melodic, classical music influenced black metal, you can’t miss this! “The Lunatic Chapters of Heavenly Creatures” is released via WormHoleDeath, so it’s much easier to find it compared to their previous works. It comes in a standard jewel-case CD edition with 16-page booklet including all the lyrics, while the beautiful cover art, design and layout is by M.Pneuma and Senyt, both members of the band. You can visit their official pages below for more details and sound samples. Totally recommended!!!