Release date: 15 November 2013
Style: Post-metal, Doom metal, Sludge metal

Rating:

8.4 | 145 votes

Owners:

81 have it
19 want it


01. Lunar Caustic
02. Velorio
03. Waiting For The Bodies Down The River Floating
04. Feverish
05. Nasciturus
06. Meredith
07. Decimation
08. Void
09. The Presence Of Goddess

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (9)


Line-up
Zofia "Wielebna" Fraś - vocals, samples
Tomasz "Yony" Jońca - guitars
Aleksander "Olo" Łukomski - guitars
Mateusz "Werbel" Badacz - drums
Michał "Blady" Rejman - bass


Additional info
Drums recorded at Radio Gdańsk Studio.
Other instruments and vocals recorded at Sounds Great Promotion Studio by Kuba Mańkowski and Jan Galbas.

Additional vocals and choir recorded at Progresja Studio by Paweł Grabowski.

Mixed and mastered at Sounds Great Promotion Studio by Kuba Mańkowski.

Choir in 'The Presence Of Goddess' by Voice and More.
Written, arranged and conducted by Bartek Caboń.

Audio sample in Nasciturus by DJ Chronos from freesound.org

Doll design and photography by Klaudia Gaugier.

Staff review by
R'Vannith

Rating:
8.5
Here's what you need to know: a rift in post-metal has formed.

Its location: Poland.

Its meaning: mental torment.

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published 31.12.2013 | Comments (12)

Guest review by
LascaillesShroud

Rating:
10
Metal Storm helped me discover this band, one that, as you will soon realize, I have been completely and utterly seduced by.

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published 12.02.2014 | Comments (4)

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Troy Killjoy - 15.01.2014 at 22:40  
 
Written by Fritillaria on 15.01.2014 at 17:39
...they owe so much of their success having this gem as their vocalist.

This is more a matter of personal preference than anything, but I think the exact opposite. The vocals were the first thing I noticed here, in a bad way. They come across as weak and even annoying at times, and the music doesn't do much to distract me from that. It isn't a bad album, but it's just really not what I look for in an album.
Fritillaria - 15.01.2014 at 22:53  
Rating: 10 I don't know really how to explain the vocals sound so impressive to me, I don't know if this would be a matter of taste or nope.
Mr. Doctor - 15.01.2014 at 23:07  
  I'm pretty sure EVERYTHING is a matter of tastes.
Unhealer - 16.01.2014 at 01:22  
Rating: 9 ^ Yup. Sometimes you like something so much that you can't possibly understand how other don't.
And if you can't deal with that, then probably you are a metal storm user
Boxcar Willy - 16.01.2014 at 02:40  
Rating: 7 Agreed, vocals are very annoying. They have the classic "hey look at me I'm a girl singing in a metal band! I'm one of the guys!" vibe. First listen is okay, riffs are heavy, tone is nice. Probably won't give it anymore attention though.
Mr. Doctor - 16.01.2014 at 08:08  
 
Written by Boxcar Willy on 16.01.2014 at 02:40

Agreed, vocals are very annoying. They have the classic "hey look at me I'm a girl singing in a metal band! I'm one of the guys!" vibe. First listen is okay, riffs are heavy, tone is nice. Probably won't give it anymore attention though.


You coudl give a try to their debut. I honestly think it's better than this one (I enjoy this one as well though).
Lord Dimitriy - 16.01.2014 at 10:04  
Rating: 8
Written by Boxcar Willy on 15.01.2014 at 01:42

Haven't listened, but I feel it's necessary to say how shitty the cover art is.


It doesn't matter what the cover art is. The main thing is the music)
Fritillaria - 16.01.2014 at 10:46  
Rating: 10
Written by Boxcar Willy on 16.01.2014 at 02:40

Agreed, vocals are very annoying. They have the classic "hey look at me I'm a girl singing in a metal band! I'm one of the guys!" vibe. First listen is okay, riffs are heavy, tone is nice. Probably won't give it anymore attention though.

WHAT !!!!
Troy Killjoy - 16.01.2014 at 17:46  
 
Written by Fritillaria on 16.01.2014 at 10:46
WHAT !!!!

I think you need to relax a little. Not everyone who posts here is going to agree with you and we certainly aren't all going to rave about this the way you want. You've quoted literally every user who has posted a different opinion than you in this thread and you get yourself all worked up over a difference of personal taste.
Lit. - 16.01.2014 at 21:30  
  People (Person) making a big deal about the vocals, when in reality the music not much better either.
Diverge - 16.01.2014 at 23:57  
Rating: 8
Written by Fritillaria on 15.01.2014 at 22:53

I don't know really how to explain the vocals sound so impressive to me, I don't know if this would be a matter of taste or nope.

If it makes you feel any better, I'm equally bewildered by the response towards the vocals. I think it's unfair to characterize her singing as stereotypical "I'm a girl doing metal" kind of vocals, because there's so much more substance to what she's doing. Actually, that's a pretty loose critique anyway and not really in concrete terms that can contribute to any kind of useful discussion, so I can understand your dissatisfaction there and I understand why you would reply to that. As R'Vannith put it, the impressive nature of the vocals comes purely from the "mind rending vocal twists" that very few of her peers in the genre have come close to equalling; Lunar Caustic, for example, features a nice part in the middle in which her vocals get progressively more sickening, in a very fluid way that's not jarring or unnatural within the composition. I don't think there are many others in the genre that can really pull that kind of thing in such a satisfying way. She manages to combine elements from Subrosa and Tool extremely adequately, while adding personal identity to it. It all comes down to personal taste, of course, but I think Zofia is probably one of the best female vocalists I've ever heard. If any of you have heard better female vocals than these ones, please feel to pass them along to me.

I've already mentioned my problem with the last few tracks, but the first 3/5 of the record are great to me. I think it's easy to lose momentum towards the end of the album, and although I enjoyed the first 3/5 of the album, I think the slow openings can be tedious for a lot of listeners. But overall, it's undoubtedly a very good album at the very minimum. The current Metal Storm average is perfect, imo.
Fritillaria - 17.01.2014 at 00:29  
Rating: 10
Written by Troy Killjoy on 16.01.2014 at 17:46

I think you need to relax a little. Not everyone who posts here is going to agree with you and we certainly aren't all going to rave about this the way you want. You've quoted literally every user who has posted a different opinion than you in this thread and you get yourself all worked up over a difference of personal taste.

but it's called stating my opinion over an album which I like, you implicitly are telling me to get silence.
Evil Chip - 17.01.2014 at 01:00  
  I really don't see what's the problem with the vocals. I don't see any type of "vibe" in her voice. Haven't listened to the whole thing but so far is sounding great. Their style sounds pretty authentic to me, even though I wouldn't know how to explain why.
Góral - 17.01.2014 at 02:56  
Rating: 9
Written by Boxcar Willy on 16.01.2014 at 02:40

They have the classic "hey look at me I'm a girl singing in a metal band! I'm one of the guys!" vibe.

I understand that you probably don't accept aggressive parts in Zofia's execution but there is no way to speak about "classic - I'm one of the guys!". Extremes wonderfully interwoven here with a feminine delicacy. Example: "Lunar Caustic", 4.30 - 5.45 - for me just the quintessence of femininity. I will not mention about such vocal-stunts like "Void", where we hear a beautiful Zofia's glossolalia (Lisa Gerrard should be impressed) - simply electrifying impression. I respect, though I don't understand your objection.
Troy Killjoy - 17.01.2014 at 03:04  
 
Written by Fritillaria on 17.01.2014 at 00:29
but it's called stating my opinion over an album which I like, you implicitly are telling me to get silence.

I'm not telling you to do anything - I'm suggesting maybe you ease up a little in terms of how you approach quoting others who state an opinion that differs from your own.
Boxcar Willy - 17.01.2014 at 04:20  
Rating: 7
Written by Góral on 17.01.2014 at 02:56

I understand that you probably don't accept aggressive parts in Zofia's execution...

The overly forced and "brutal" aspect of her vocals are what make the "classic" in my books. Most "aggressive" female vocals tend to overdue the delivery, and that's exactly what happens here.
Diverge - 17.01.2014 at 04:37  
Rating: 8
Written by Boxcar Willy on 17.01.2014 at 04:20

Written by Góral on 17.01.2014 at 02:56

I understand that you probably don't accept aggressive parts in Zofia's execution...

The overly forced and "brutal" aspect of her vocals are what make the "classic" in my books. Most "aggressive" female vocals tend to overdue the delivery, and that's exactly what happens here.

This still doesn't make any sense as an objection. I don't see the correlation between "classic" and "brutal"...

Additionally, I don't get the sense that she has "over-delivered" the vocals at all, nor do I get the sense that she has forced the brutality upon the music itself.
Pazdzioch - 17.01.2014 at 14:47  
  One likes gypsy songs while another, when his feet stink...
MechanisT - 17.01.2014 at 23:49  
  ...yea.
Great album, maybe weaker than its predecessor, but hecka compact n' solid. No issues with the vocals either, good enough but I seriously don't see anything worth f(l)apping over.
Night Sight - 20.01.2014 at 22:41  
  I'm glad to hear a good metal album in 2013 after a long time!
Unhealer - 22.01.2014 at 14:59  
Rating: 9 Definitely worth a 9!
The Presence Of Goddess
SWAMPL0RD - 31.01.2014 at 05:11  
  The vocals here are a plus for me imo. Doesn't sound forced too me and I think her vox match the music very well.
M C Vice - 05.02.2014 at 08:55  
Rating: 8 Great album closer.
Pazdzioch - 05.02.2014 at 15:27  
  I'm really surprised how popular this shit became here, whereas their debut was virtually unnoticed.
Mr. Doctor - 05.02.2014 at 20:08  
 
Written by Pazdzioch on 05.02.2014 at 15:27

I'm really surprised how popular this shit became here, whereas their debut was virtually unnoticed.


And it's just as good imo.
Oerath Windsoul - 02.04.2014 at 08:40  
  Alright, just had to pop on and say a few things about this particular album. It has had me in it's claws for quite a long while now. And like many people here, I think that overall, it's a damn brilliant album. A real gem, but what gets me everytime are the vocals. They're so tormenting and full of both agony and insanity. I just love 'em.

A real twisted kind of album with such hauntingly beautiful atmosphere that I've no choice, but to hopelessly surrender myself to the album's overwhelmingly dark embrace time after time. As for the rating, this album deserves nothing less than a 10 from me.

Cheers.
Roxana.M - 22.05.2014 at 16:39  
Rating: 10 Such a supreme musicians! can't imagine something better than this mesmerizing masterpiece...everything is really perfect in this album and from now i can't give 10 to every album...it certainly deserves perfect rate!
mz - 22.05.2014 at 16:41  
Rating: 9
Written by Roxana.M on 22.05.2014 at 16:39

Such a supreme musicians! can't imagine something better than this mesmerizing masterpiece...everything is really perfect in this album and from now i can't give 10 to every album...it certainly deserves perfect rate!

I can see Mary's influence on you
Roxana.M - 22.05.2014 at 16:54  
Rating: 10
Written by mz on 22.05.2014 at 16:41

Written by Roxana.M on 22.05.2014 at 16:39

Such a supreme musicians! can't imagine something better than this mesmerizing masterpiece...everything is really perfect in this album and from now i can't give 10 to every album...it certainly deserves perfect rate!

I can see Mary's influence on you


it's not just mary's influence "Void Mother" is really special in its own style.
Pazdzioch - 22.05.2014 at 21:02  
  It's always a pleasure to see two hot-Iranian-chicks faping to some OS tunes

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