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Sadael : Diary Of Loss

Sadael's ’Diary of loss’ emerges as one really good surprise.

I have to say I have been gripped by a real bad 'a priori' when I first hold this album in my hands and saw the cover art, an a priori which even grew bigger when I saw the photograph inside the booklet... right now, Shakespeare must still be gaping from beyond the grave, and I admit I nearly lost any motivation to try and locate Armenia on a map in one try. Moreover, generally speaking, I'm usually very apprehensive when about to listen to a one-man Funeral band.

All those clichés sound perhaps stupid, but at least, it’s a real good surprise when the music on display turns out to be totally enjoyable. Sadael's ’Diary of loss’ emerges precisely as one of those good surprises. What you have here is some dramatic Funeral Doom, sounding as if it had been created in the basement of a theatre where you imagine the Armenian in the part of Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera, wearing a white mask and a black tail coat, imposing heavy chords on a huge organ that’d shake the whole empty building.

What is generally a pain (to me) with these so prolific one-man bands is the bad production, but here again the guitars are truly massive; they crawl under even more massive and imperious keyboards. As for the vocals, they alternate between powerful deep compressed growls and clean voices stricken by grief, all those layers piling up very nicely.

Diary of loss is a good album, for sure, but it's not without flaws: the tearful melodies are sometimes quite cheesy, and also the dramatic and pompous aspect gets a bit tedious over the entire course of the album and reminds you once again of the inner photo which hurls you instantaneously off the theatre and carries you back to a dark bedroom poorly lit up by the sole laptop's screen.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Attraction
2. Particies
3. Loss
4. Above the Doom
5. Regret
6. Selfless
7. Circle of Life

Duration : Approx. 49 minutes

Visit the Sadael bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-04-20 by Thibaut Merit
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