Feu Grégeois - Mortis Regnum - 2nd Circle review
|Album:||Mortis Regnum - 2nd Circle|
|Release date:||October 2010|
01. Mortis Regnum
03. Fragments Of The Past
04. Wind Of War
05. The Warlord
07. Ashes Of Dusk
08. Soldiers Of Faith
09. The Pride Of Twilight
10. Life Of Sin
So class, before we start this semester's Feu Grégeois 201 course, let's review your notes from my colleague, Professor Collin's 101 course.
• The name means "Greek Fire," a kind of burning liquid used by the Byzantine empire during naval wars because water didn't extinguish it.
• Lyrics based on Crusades themes and their symphonic heavy death metal with atmospheres that nod to the likes of Bal-Sagoth.
Great. Now that we're up to speed, lets move along to the new material.
Mortis Regnum - 2nd Circle, their first full-length, sees the French band continue that approach. Don't think of it as symphonic death metal so much as symphonic and then death metal. It's not a blended approach, but one song is one style, the next… the other.
The symphonic pieces are fairly cinematic in scope… (Feu Grégeois of Fire... Wait, Greek Fire of Fire doesn't work… uh Rhapsody of Feu Grégeois?) They are inspirational and capture the imagination. You could visualize the armies of the Crusades marching off to war.
The metal portion of the project showcases a dual-vocalist approach. One style features the standard low end growling, while the secondary accent voice shows up in a higher register with a more screechy style. The band has a tendency to come up with some pretty good riffs with a decent groove, as well as let a few solos fly. They're also confident enough to occasionally let the guitar cut out and just let the bass and drums have a bit of a jam from time to time.
Ultimately, while the metal tunes are good, the problem is after the pomp, circumstance, and majesty of the symphonic pieces, the "regular" tunes seem almost anticlimactic. Whereas Emperor in Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk build up expectations with the opener, "Alsvartr," before they unleash Hell with "Ye Entrancemperium"… Feu Grégeois has the same build-up, then by comparison merely unleash Heck. Of course, Emperoris Emperor… and 99 bands out of 100 fall short in comparison. No shame in that.
It should also be of note that these styles are not my particular cup of sludgedoom coffee (black, of course, no creamer, thanks) - and I enjoyed the album. So fans of symphonic battle metal who want a little more muscle in their tunes than, say, Rhapsody Of Fire might find this right up their alley.
||Written on 15.01.2011 by BitterCOld has been officially reviewing albums for MetalStorm since 2009.|
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