Rating:
9.0
Dark Lunacy - Forget-Me-Not
2003


01. The Dirge
02. Lunacyrcus
03. Fragile Caress
04. Through The Non-time
05. Defaced
06. Serenity
07. My Dying Pathway
08. Fiamm
09. Lacryma
10. Die To Reborn
11. Forget-me-not
12. Dolls [Japanese bonus]


I've been waiting for this release a long time now, as a matter of fact this ranked number 1 in my top ten "most anticipated albums of the year", that's because Dark Lunacy's previous effort "Devoid" took me by complete surprise, and is one of my favorite album of all times (and is also reviewed here in the site), so I was afraid because with such an impressive debut, a follow up as great as "Devoid" is hard, so let's see if my fears were right or wrong.

The Cd arrives at my mail, impatiently I rip off the envelope, just to find out another beautiful cover art, but I only admire it for a second because I have to listen this one right now! So I ran like hell to my room and put the Cd on my Discman, attach the headphones with tape and close my door. I want no interruptions.

Rain, a violin, ahhh those violins haunt me again, the short intro is over after a minute and "Lunacyrcus" starts, wow! This is fast, heavy stuff, a really progressive sounding song, the riffing and growling doesn't match the violin in the back, and the rhythm section is very intricate, but still I'm sucked again with the beauty of the song.

Next is "Fragile Caress" a more accessible song, with catchy parts and female vocals, the great thing about this one is the contrast between the heavy riffing and the soothing violin; The female vocals, great as always. With "Through The Non-Time" the violins and the guitars finally match, reminding more of their previous effort.

As the music goes one, track by track the progressive elements become stronger, and some elements like the Russian folklore and big female choruses are gone, not all the songs are as catchy as "Fragile Caress" and "Die To Reborn" , but still all songs are unique. Special mention to the closer and title track "Forget-Me-Not" with it's great riffing and superb clear singing, not to mention some back up vocals a la Black Metal.

Dark Lunacy shows us again that they would never repeat themselves, this Forget-Me-Not is different than Devoid, more progressive, less melodic in a way, but with some trademark elements like the accordions and the ever-changing tempos, a very hard listen, it may take several listens to fully understand, but still is a superb album, and this confirms that Dark lunacy is one most underrated bands these days, these guys should be in the big leagues by now.


Band profile: Dark Lunacy
Album: Forget-Me-Not


 


written by Undercraft | 03.10.2003



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Daggon - 12.12.2008 at 10:10  
This album is impressive, still don't know if I like this more than the first, both are simply great!
Paradox0 - 17.02.2009 at 00:05  
The album is at best intriguing. If it wasn't for the violin, the album could be best described as mediocre melo-death at best. 7.5/10
Aquila - 10.02.2011 at 15:23  
So amazing, so beautiful album!!!!!

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