Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Elend/Les Tenebres du Debhors/Holy Records/1996 CD Review

Elend are a dark ambient/neo-classical band with members from both France and Austria, and this is a rview of their 1996 album "Les Tenebres du Dehors" which was released by Holy Records.

Keyboard Orchestras give the music a classical music sound while the synths have a very dark avant garde sound with a gothic edge, as for the pianos that have a very tragic and poetic sound to them.

Violins have an orchestra style sound to them while the male vocals are a mixture between spoken word passages, opera/orchestra singing and deep death metal growls that have some high pitched screams that are influenced by black metal, as for the female vocals they are very symphonic and atmospheric with some whispers and spoken word passages.

Lyrics cover Luciferian themes, with some lyrics influenced by the writings of John Milton and there are also alot of Gnostic influences and some of the lyrics are written in Latin to make the music sound a lot more darker.

Production on this album sounds very professional and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this album, while the cover artwork contains paintings from Leonardo da Vinci, Victor Hugp, Albrecht Durer, and Gustave Dove.

In my opinion Elend are a very good band for this style of music and if you are a fan of dark ambient/neo-classical with death and doom metal influences you should check this band out. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Etherial Journeys" "The Luciferian Revolution" and "Dancing Under The Closed Eyes of Paradise". RECOMMENDED BUY

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