Review from Metallized Webzine

Posted by Nick Skog on Monday, November 5, 2012 Under: Album Reviews
From: Metallized Webzine
May 28, 2012
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*Google translation of Italian review

Those of you who saw the film The Ballad of Stroszek by Werner Herzog , 1977 weblog? Not I, quite frankly. But apparently, was the last movie seen by the leader of Joy Division , Ian Curtis , the first of his dramatic suicide at the age of 24 years. The story told in the film, moreover, ends with the suicide of its protagonist, disillusioned and in despair after seeing all your hopes and dreams shattered and end up in ashes. The question now is: what kind of band you expect to be born, combining the name Stroszek the mind of Claudio Alcara , guitarist nostrani Blacksters Frostmoon Eclipse? Perhaps a furious and nihilistic band... But the surprise is just around the corner: the mood of this interesting side project is certainly not the most cheerful, its focus on issues and indeed very melancholic melodies, but the proposal is far from furious music or attributable to the main band of our Claudio. 

We are indeed facing a particular amalgam of riff-style doom and folk atmospheres full (large majority), which unfolds on an ethereal and almost whispered vocal line. style of Stroszek , then, is now fully consolidated in its captivating and confirms its special features in this third album, sound graveyard bound the mix of folk and doom I mentioned earlier is evident from the first track, can't make things undone: The battery mold vaguely Porcupine Tree is supported by a robust and intricate bass line and the acoustic guitar arpeggios of Claudio Alcara, who is also the vocals with his elusive style. 

The primary source of inspiration could be the Opeth more melancholy and reflective, but I think that even the italians in November could have provided significant ideas of all'axeman Frostmoon Eclipse , it being understood that all the albums you hear a growl or a single moment scream. The only risk you can take listening to this work is therefore to be a bit 'boring for what concerns the vocal lines, since not everyone would enjoy 40 minutes of clean vocals and at times almost whispered recited, interspersed only by a female voice in the Spirits Dwell . For the rest, it is very difficult to get bored in sound graveyard bound, the overall quality of this work, in fact, is frankly impressive: just listen to the second track, Shipwreck , one of the tracks more "metal" disc, full of brilliant riffs ever and successful. Equally irresistible trend of sad I'll Never Know Hope , where, in addition to the usual folk arpeggios, the lion's share falls to the bottom, which curls a series of memorable moments together with the six-string. In all honesty, is not easy to describe the album's tracks effectively, the great Frank Zappa used to say that talking about music is a bit 'like dancing about architecture, but certainly there are tracks whose meaning and essence of which can be described or caught significantly even just typing. Here, however, the company is really difficult: how do I make it perfectly the feeling you get listening to Self Closure , with a strong guitar sound absolutely wonderful? Or to describe the pathos that spurts from the monotonous voice while Claudio in the penultimate Crows, before the conclusion of the hands of a cover of Mike Johnson, formerly with the band saw Mark Lanegan ? Quite simply, I can not. Believe me, it is not shameful to bypass my task as reviewer, unloading on you all "responsibility" on listening to the album. 

As already mentioned, there are some features that may not let you enjoy the way down and objectively prevent it from being a masterpiece: the monotony of the vocal lines, indeed, might discourage you or bore you prematurely, but otherwise Graveyard Sound Bound is a very successful and enjoyable album, some great songs memorable. The best advice I can give you, therefore, is to hear the album and, above all, to hear him . 

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Tags: stroszek sound graveyard bound life failures made music claudio alcara frostmoon eclipse acoustic country folk black metal melancholy all the bad days in the world 


            Released: March 10, 2012
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                          Acoustic Folk