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Coronatus - Cantus Lucidus

Coronatus - Cantus Lucidus

Label : Massacre | Archive under gothic metal

Release type: Full-length CD

William Kampen : Coronatus presents us their sixth album and it shows us again a change in the line-up. It shows of course because next to steady positioned singer Carmen singer Anny Maleyes treats us with her singing. Fifty minutes of old school gothic metal. This meaning a metal band that plays music that isn’t too complex and is relative easy to listen to. Besides that there is no escape from the heavy folk music influences. The ladies sing most lines together where Carmen takes care of the soprano parts and Anny uses her rock voice. And it might be the albums production but it sounds too often quite disorderly. As if no one knows who is in the lead. Especially when the flute brings the folk influences. There are moments I wonder if the band even knew when they were recording that a flute would be added to the song. It sounds as if they do not are aware and do not give the necessary room for it. It is like it is squeezed onto it. Like a well-served plate of Schnitzel, frieze and salad that is suffering from a funny guy who poured a bottle or two of ketchup over it that makes you think like someone had an arterial haemorrhage on the next table and didn’t survive. In the lyrics some more serious subjects are covered but in moments that the song structure goes like: happy, happy, joy, joy. To me that does not make sense. If this kind of your cup of tea: enjoy. I pass.

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