Favna Abisal - Rerum Imaginaria review



Reviewer:
8.8

15 users:
7.87
Band: Favna Abisal
Album: Rerum Imaginaria
Release date: May 2012


01. El Juicio De Aronnax
02. El Observador
03. Energía Demencial - Parte I
04. Océanos Mentales
05. Energía Demencial - Parte II
06. Imaginaria
07. Rey Abisal


Do you like being surprised by metal but avant-garde is usually too incoherent and dissonant for you? Or perhaps you like incoherence and dissonance, but would like to hear something different this time? Don't mind bands singing in their native languages? Are you in the mood to be taken on a journey? You've come to the right place.

Imagine someone asked you to write a soundtrack for a big-budget adventure movie. Perhaps one about mountain climbers trying to reach the summit of Aconcagua. Or, since Favna Abisal = "fauna of the abyss", a movie about adventurers trapped in a submarine in the deep waters of the Pacific, battling horrifying sea monsters on their way (which would be a rip-off of "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea", but hey, it's a Hollywood production, and that is to be expected). Your only problem is - the only thing you feel like writing is really weird metal. So you write some bad-ass prog-based avant-garde stuff in such a way that it completely reflects on the subject matter - fill it with highs, lows, introspective parts, ridiculously epic parts, the whole deal. Make it as non-linear as possible. Slap some theatrical, slightly folky male vocals on top, write lyrics in Spanish and finish with a couple of non-metal touches. That's Rerum Imaginaria in a nutshell.

And it works great. A friend of mine once said genres should be treated as ingredients and not recipes for making music, and if that is the case, you're in front of one complicated dish. It is both psychedelic and calm, electronic and organic, trippy and down-to-earth. There's some flirting with black metal and jazz going on, too. It sounds like a bizarrely specific niche to be in, but Favna Abisal are lounged so comfortably in it, you won't question any of their solutions while listening to this, not even for a single second. And if your tastes are eclectic enough, every niche should be your niche, right?

It took me almost two months to write this review, because, in all honesty, I had no idea how should I tackle such a mature, ridiculously multi-faceted debut. Let me set you straight - if you're on the same mental page as this Chilean band, you're in for a ride. Balls will be busted, jaws will drop.


 



Written on 23.07.2012 by A part of the team since December 2011, writes about the progressive, the sad and the melodic. She's nice until she's not.


Comments

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23.07.2012 - 22:08
Mr. Doctor
Skandino

Posts: 16467
From: Sweden

Definitely will check out the full album. Thank you for the review
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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23.07.2012 - 22:18
PocketMetal

Posts: 748
From: Iran
Very well written ( and convincing ) review , will check out asap .
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23.07.2012 - 23:21

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Sounds pretty interesting, and I love bands that sing in their native tongues. Wishlist'd.
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23.07.2012 - 23:41
Zaph
The Nothingth

Posts: 2521
From: Belgium

Checked it out, it's quite unique and once you get used to the vocals, it's... rewarding, for lack of a better term.
PS: The thing your friend said is true and very cleverly put.
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24.07.2012 - 03:16
Dark Blood
The Avenger

Posts: 1435
From: Portugal

Very interesting and well written review. Though I'm very demanding with vocals, specially when singed in their native language, this is certainly something to check out.
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24.07.2012 - 05:18
Unhealer
Eclecticist

Posts: 2187
From: Argentina

This is definitely for me. Well, I don't usually like music sung in my native language, but this seems worth the shot.
Wise saying by your friend.
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24.07.2012 - 11:53
Nefarious
Doom Knight

Posts: 5103
From: UAE

Will check this out soon
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24.07.2012 - 11:57
Mr. Doctor
Skandino

Posts: 16467
From: Sweden

Written by Unhealer on 24.07.2012 at 05:18
Well, I don't usually like music sung in my native language.


I guess that opinion which I shared a few years ago was the fault of many power/heavy metal bands that sing in spanish. But bands like Mar De Grises, Poema Arcanus and this one (just to name a few) are awesome.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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24.07.2012 - 12:11
Milena
Learning To "X"

Posts: 4389
From: Serbia

Written by Unhealer on 24.07.2012 at 05:18

Wise saying by your friend.

This friend of mine reminds of you, actually, especially his preferences in music
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24.07.2012 - 14:00
Starchild

Posts: 111
From: Croatia

Great review
I really want to check this out, but unfortunately the band/album is so obscure that I can't find it nowhere...
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24.07.2012 - 15:41
Milena
Learning To "X"

Posts: 4389
From: Serbia

Written by Starchild on 24.07.2012 at 14:00

Great review
I really want to check this out, but unfortunately the band/album is so obscure that I can't find it nowhere...

There's a couple of tracks over at their bandcamp.
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24.07.2012 - 18:18
Unhealer
Eclecticist

Posts: 2187
From: Argentina

Written by Mr. Doctor on 24.07.2012 at 11:57


I guess that opinion which I shared a few years ago was the fault of many power/heavy metal bands that sing in spanish. But bands like Mar De Grises, Poema Arcanus and this one (just to name a few) are awesome.


Yeah, I also think it is because of that. Same with music in oriental languages, I keep relating them to anime openings and I can't stand awesome music such as Dir En Grey's latest outputs.
I'll get over it one day.
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25.07.2012 - 04:15
Anoplogaster

Posts: 4
From: Chile
Written by Milena on 24.07.2012 at 15:41

Written by Starchild on 24.07.2012 at 14:00

Great review
I really want to check this out, but unfortunately the band/album is so obscure that I can't find it nowhere...

There's a couple of tracks over at their bandcamp.


Hello i'm the drummer of Favna Abisal, and since it's difficult for you to reach us, we decided to let you listen the full album in streaming, please go to this url.

http://favnaabisal-rerumimaginaria.bandcamp.com/

Greetings and sorry for my english!
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25.07.2012 - 19:58
Mr. Doctor
Skandino

Posts: 16467
From: Sweden

There's some pretty brilliant folky touches in this album. Check it out guys!

Written by Anoplogaster on 25.07.2012 at 04:15

Hello i'm the drummer of Favna Abisal, and since it's difficult for you to reach us, we decided to let you listen the full album in streaming, please go to this url.
http://favnaabisal-rerumimaginaria.bandcamp.com/
Greetings and sorry for my english!


Very nice of you guys. Thanks a lot for the link! Keep it up!
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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26.07.2012 - 00:54
Unhealer
Eclecticist

Posts: 2187
From: Argentina

Written by Anoplogaster on 25.07.2012 at 04:15


Hello i'm the drummer of Favna Abisal, and since it's difficult for you to reach us, we decided to let you listen the full album in streaming, please go to this url.

http://favnaabisal-rerumimaginaria.bandcamp.com/

Greetings and sorry for my english!


Awesome! Gracias
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26.07.2012 - 01:31
Stabby

Posts: 399
From: Canada
Uh oh, an album that Mora loves. That either means I'm going to dig it or be absolutely terrified . Or both. We'll see *jumps right in*

I love that they sing in Spanish, which means that I'll understand maybe 1 in 10 words. My highschool Spanish teacher would be so proud...

This is a great review by the way. Talent with words!
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26.07.2012 - 10:26
K†ulu
Seeker of Truth

Posts: 2518
From: Czech Republic

Man, I wanna take that ride! Thanks for the review!
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Things that may not seem important now
But may be tomorrow

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26.07.2012 - 16:40
Milena
Learning To "X"

Posts: 4389
From: Serbia

Thanks for the comments everyone. Now hurry to their bandcamp, go, go, go, go.
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27.07.2012 - 13:51
Starchild

Posts: 111
From: Croatia

Written by Anoplogaster on 25.07.2012 at 04:15


Hello i'm the drummer of Favna Abisal, and since it's difficult for you to reach us, we decided to let you listen the full album in streaming, please go to this url.

http://favnaabisal-rerumimaginaria.bandcamp.com/

Greetings and sorry for my english!

that's amazing, thanks.
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27.07.2012 - 15:03
Spirit Molecule
spirit molecule

Posts: 1918
From: India

Their bandcamp had a couple of tracks earlier, which I did check out, but I didn't really like it too much. The vocals were a little of a put off for me :/ Not coz it's in spanish, but just the style.

Anyway will give the whole album a spin and see if it sits better

Good review by the way. Made me want to check the band out.
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27.07.2012 - 15:41
Milena
Learning To "X"

Posts: 4389
From: Serbia

Written by Spirit Molecule on 27.07.2012 at 15:03

Their bandcamp had a couple of tracks earlier, which I did check out, but I didn't really like it too much. The vocals were a little of a put off for me :/ Not coz it's in spanish, but just the style.

Anyway will give the whole album a spin and see if it sits better

Good review by the way. Made me want to check the band out.

Yeah, the vocals might be a bump, but they clicked with me at once.
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28.07.2012 - 05:31
Anoplogaster

Posts: 4
From: Chile
Thanks for the comments guys!
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01.08.2012 - 08:10
Stabby

Posts: 399
From: Canada
It was really good. Progged to hell and back and a very powerful and impressive sounding guy singing in Spanish. I would follow that guy into battle
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01.08.2012 - 12:08
Milena
Learning To "X"

Posts: 4389
From: Serbia

Written by Stabby on 01.08.2012 at 08:10

I would follow that guy into battle

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03.08.2012 - 04:23
Unexpectedmetal

Posts: 5
From: USA
Written by Mr. Doctor on 25.07.2012 at 19:58

There's some pretty brilliant folky touches in this album. Check it out guys!

Written by Anoplogaster on 25.07.2012 at 04:15

Hello i'm the drummer of Favna Abisal, and since it's difficult for you to reach us, we decided to let you listen the full album in streaming, please go to this url.
http://favnaabisal-rerumimaginaria.bandcamp.com/
Greetings and sorry for my english!


Very nice of you guys. Thanks a lot for the link! Keep it up!


THANKS
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05.10.2012 - 00:32
Mechaniacal

Posts: 107
From: USA

The things I'd do to see these guys with Mar de Grises. This is such a great album. I couldn't imagine these beautiful lyrics translating well into English. I wish all of you knew Spanish in some way.

Milena, your taste in music is something else.
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10.10.2012 - 03:57
Anoplogaster

Posts: 4
From: Chile
Thank you guys for taking the time to listen the album!.
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