Blood of Indigo weren’t exagerating when they chose Symphonic Black Metal to be with. Album opener “Mimesis” is the longest symphonic inspired track I’ve ever heard in my life. It’s more than 14 minutes of a classical inspiration track that addresses to a horror movie soundtrack. The burning question is if the band plays it alive. Here the band showcases all its appreciation for classical music. When I started to listen to it I almost thought I got the album wrong or something like that. I had to go to the following track to check if I got the album right. Then, finally, with “Resurrection” I could see what Blood of Indigo are made of. The song mixes flawlessly both Metal subgenres and showcases all the band’s talent and musianship that makes “Dawn of the Shaded World,” from where I’m standing, the most sucessful album mixing both subgenres. Interestingly, the band knows exactly when to push the boundaries of both Symphonic and Black Metal never forgetting the mandatory heavyness and rage a Metal album requires. Needless to mention the pristine prodution that frees my child of the night to hear perfectly all instruments and all passages with all the details a picky band as Blood of Indigo desire to show.
I can totally understand when the fan says that Symphonic Black Metal misses the point. The mix of Black Metal and Symphonic music kind of waters the roughness and, mostly, the rawness of Black Metal. Agreed. However, on the other side of the coin, it allows Black Metal to get beyond itself. It’s not any symphonic passage or momentum. If my child of the night pays close attention all the symphonic passages here in “Dawn of the Shaded World” contribute to create an aura of mystery, of gloomy and intense mood. Besides all this Blood of Indigo also introduce some Prog Metal elements as in “Novice Pyromancy.” There is always a musical tension beneath the tracks provided by the junction of both elements. That’s what makes it even more interesting. This instrumental tension with fits perfectly with the kind of music the band chose.
“Dawn of the Shaded World” has almost one hour of pure delight and passion. Yeah, passion. I guess it’s needless to mention that the making of an album like this needs lots and immense amount sof pure passion for Black Metal and symphonic music. It’s also fair to say that each track tells a unique story. To some extent, it’s fair to say that “Dawn of the Shaded World” may be considered a kind of Black Metal opera due to the connecting line that there is among all the tracks. It’s impossible think of the album not as a whole. Of course, in the glorious history of Metal music other bands recorded so bold albums as this one. However, I have to say that this whole intent the album has puts it in a very priviledged position. A masterpiece? Well, only time will tell.
Blood of Indigo “Dawn of the Shaded World” will be released on August 26th.
- Corpse Bride
- Anne Marie Indigo
- Jade and Her Quiet Place
- Angelus, the Faceless Vampire
- Sphynx, Collector of Eyes
- The Hunter’s Nightmare
- Novice Pyromancy
- Dawn of the Shaded World
Watch “Sphynx, Collector of Eyes” official video here: