Despite the seemingly adamant rule pronounced in our site’s title, it should be apparent by now that we do make exceptions, and we’re about to make one now — or at least a partial exception. And in the case of the Greek band Horrorgraphy, the clean vocals are a vital, indeed an essential, ingredient in the music, for reasons you will soon discover.
Horrorgraphy are a new band, and their substantial debut album Season of Grief is set for release on April 14th, jointly by the Russian label Satanath Records and the Finnish label United By Chaos. The track we present today is “In A Dark Time“.
The music on this new album was composed, mixed, and mastered by a single individual — Dimon’s Night — and he performed all the instruments as well. To fulfill his conception for the music, he enlisted three different vocalists: a female soprano (Marialena Trikoglou), a man who also sings (Seek), and a death-growler (Pain). And that conception is unabashedly theatrical.
In listening to “In A Dark Time“, for example, the listener can’t help but imagine that they are hearing the soundtrack to a doom-metal musical play or extreme rock opera, one in which events unfold in narrative fashion — events that evoke feelings of gothic horror.
Across this unfolding preternatural pageant, in which tension builds, crests, subsides uneasily, and surges again to new crescendos of fear and emotional power, there are unifying musical themes, first introduced by piano and symphonic strings and then given ominous weight through the joinder of heavy riffing and drumwork.
The energy ebbs and rushes as this musical play proceeds, including spooky, keyboard or drum-driven interludes and surges of galloping percussion and rapid-fire fretwork. But the most dramatic (or perhaps more accurately, melodramatic) accents in the music come from those three voices, each of them taking center stage at different points, and sometimes joining together to magnify the moments of highest intensity.
Not all metal fans will have a taste for this kind of frightening theatrical extravagance, but fans of such bands as Therion and King Diamond may well embrace it whole-heartedly.
Greece is no stranger to amazing extreme metal with bands such as SepticFlesh, Varathron, Rotting Christ and Necromantia. Well today we bring you another one to add to the list. Horrorgraphy is a symphonic doom metal band who recently released their debut full length this year on Satanath Records. The band has a unique lineup structure as it is one person doing all instruments and three vocalists including a female soprano singer. Each song is a change as it can have melodies that bounce around from a gothic metal sound then go into a doom death style riff. The best part of this album is the almost 90s gothic doom metal vibe similar to that of The Sins of Thy Beloved and Tristania.
The vocals feature the beauty and beast trade offs which is not anything new but Marialena Trikoglou’s singing raises the bar on this album. The vocals by both Pain and Seek do compliment her singing as stated before, reminiscent of The Sins of Thy Beloved. The track Ghosts has a similar style to that of Trail of Tears track “A Fate Sealed In Red” without sounding like a copy. Trikoglou’s singing on this track is very haunting as she hits notes that compliment the guitar work on here. This album does have the doom metal aesthetic to it but also does a great job of adding other elements to the sound which is a big plus. The track “Hauted” also has a unique flare as it starts sounding almost like a circus but picks up and becomes surprisingly heavy.
Now myself being a big fan of The Sins of Thy Beloved and old Tristania, this album did an amazing job of keeping the symphonic doom sound alive but have a listen yourselves, you will be pleasantly surprised. If you are fans of The Sins of Thy Beloved, Tristania, Darkwell and even Nighwish, then grab this album! I highly recommend this release as being one of the most unique and captivating releases so far this year.
La recente uscita dei Therion, viste le sue dimensioni inusuali, dovrebbe aver placato per un po’ la sete di symphonic gothic metal degli appassionati.
Diviene così ancora più difficile per le band minori trovare nuovi spazi in un settore che di suo è già sufficientemente inflazionato, figuriamoci poi se uno dei nomi di punta se ne esce con tre ore di musica inedita.
Ci provano ugualmente i greci Horrorgraphy a ritagliarsi uno spazio, con questo lavoro d’esordio che non nasconde in alcun modo la devozione nei confronti dell’opera di Christofer Johnsson.
Il tutto avviene, ovviamente, senza che a disposizione ci siano né i mezzi né il talento per avvicinare quei livelli, ma nonostante ciò il risultato finale non è affatto deprecabile.
Dimon’s Nigh, già incrociato con altri suoi progetti come Humanity Zero e Inhibitions, si occupa di tutta la parte musicale e si avvale di tre voci, quella femminile di Marialena Trikoglou e quelle maschili di Pain e Seek.
La configurazione, sia detto con il massimo rispetto, sembra quella di una sorta di Therion dei poveri e quello che ne deriva non può che essere inevitabilmente un discreto surrogato e nulla più.
A livello compositivo Season of Grief mostra buone intuizioni, mentre la perfezione sonora ed esecutiva delle opere johnssoniane è piuttosto lontana; meglio quindi allorché gli Horrorgraphy spingono in po’ più sull’acceleratore, dato che nelle parti più evocative e rarefatte certe carenze (voce femminile e chitarra solista in particolare) tendono ad emergere più nettamente.
Season of Grief alla fine si lascia ascoltare ma, quasi ad avallare l’impietosità del confronto, la band greca piazza alla fine la cover di The Rise of Sodom and Gomorrah che definisce con chiarezza la distanza siderale che spesso intercorre tra i maestri di un genere ed i loro volenterosi epigoni.
Horrorgraphy are a band from Greece that plays a symphonic mixture of goth, doom and death metal and this is a review of their 2018 album "Season Of Grief" which was released as a joint effort by Satanath Records and United by Chaos.
Symphonic sounding keyboards start off the album and also mix in with the heavier sections of the songs along with the slow riffs being heavily rooted in doom metal while the riffing also utilizes a great amount of melody and when female vocals are used they give the songs a more operatic feeling.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them while death metal growls can also be heard quite a bit throughout the recording along with the clean male vocals also adding in a touch of goth as well as a brief use of black metal screams being added to a few tracks.
Some of the songs are very long and epic in length while the music also has its avant garde moments at times and as the album progresses the music speeds up briefly and also introduces blast beats onto the recording along with one track also adding in a small amount of Asian folk instruments, spoken word parts can also be heard briefly and they close the album with a cover of Therion's "The Rise Of Sodom And Gomorrah".
Horrorgraphy plays a musical style that takes symphonic, goth, doom and death metal and mixes them together to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark, depressive and occult themes.
In my opinion Horrorgraphy are a very great sounding symphonic mixture of goth, doom, and death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out t his band.
Álbum de estreia dos gregos Horrorgraphy qye parece que perderam o comboio e só conseguiram chegar agora aos escaparates. Isto porque "Season Of Grief" soa-nos a qualquer coisa que poderia muito bem ter sido lançada no final da década de noventa. Os arranjos orquestrais movidos a teclado (que parece que hoje em dia já não tem o mesmo efeito, principalmente de tudo agora arranjar orquestras ou pelo menos samples muito bons de orquestras para dar o mesmo efeito), a voz feminina operática arraçada de soprano, com a distorção não muito impressionante a surgir acompanhada de gutural e registo mais rasgado por cima de estruturas e melodias estranhas e complexas. Tudo que na teoria parece que resulta e, de certa forma até resulta mas não deixamos de ter a sensação de que falta algo. Bem, como bons anfitriões que somos, teremos que dizer bem vindos, no entanto, não deixa de ficar o desejo que exista uma evolução para fora deste ponto que nos é apresentado agora. Destaque no entanto para a cover dos Therion, "The Rise Of Sodom And Gomorrah", o primeiro dos trabalhos da banda sueca com uso a orquestra. Curiosamente, resulta.
Horrorgraphy are a symphonic doom metal band from Greece and this is their debut album.
Here’s a rather unusual release, (for 2018 at least), both in form and consistency; the band is made up of three vocalists and one multi-instrumentalist, while the music is layered old-school doom metal, with a firm symphonic side and rich melodies.
So yes, three singers; two male and one female. The female takes care of soprano vocals, and her voice is both accomplished and powerful. One of the males provides the harsh growls, while the other performs Gothic-tinged clean singing.
The music is made up of eight original compositions, crowned by a Therion cover, (The Rise of Sodom and Gomorrah); the latter should also give some indication of the band’s musical output in their own songs, albeit one that’s filtered through the lens of other old-school bands.
Musically then, we’re in the territory of a symphonic version of old-school doom metal. On one hand it might help to think of a Gothic, ostentatious incarnation of classic bands such as Paradise Lost, Anathema, and My Dying Bride to get a good idea of the types of realms that Horrorgraphy operate in. However, even with this in mind, it might be even more appropriate to visit Norway to be put in mind of groups such as Tristania, Trail of Tears, Peccatum, The Sins of Thy Beloved, and even a touch of Arcturus. Either way, you get the general idea.
The keyboards are symphonic, and atmospheric, as well as having quite a theatrical feel in places. This theatrical component leaks out into the rest of the music too, although there’s more here than merely this. The guitars, for example, while having a certain amount of theatricality in their delivery, are mainly despondent and forlorn, conveying plenty of melody and emotive feeling in the leads.
Although heavily favouring the old-school, there’s some decent diversity in the songwriting across the album. We get occasional elements of folk, avant-garde, and black metal here and there, for example, and these simply add to the character and appeal of the music.
Season of Grief is an ambitious collection of songs that are involving and engaging in various ways. As with many things, it’s an acquired taste for sure. For me, this reminds me heavily of a lot of things I was listening to in the late 90s and early 00s, and would fit nicely into that era alongside some of the bands mentioned above.
Will this be to your own tastes? Horrorgraphy have enough talent for this kind of thing to be worth the effort to find out. Give them a listen.