Ghoulchapels first album was a surprise for me, as well as a band. I stumbled upon them accidentally, and I think it was a good accident for me, I've discovered a great and unique band. Acquainted with a band and their album "Nightmarish Illusions" I've decided to review this album, I was very impressed.
The first thing that struck me - their lyrical themes, a stories about ghosts and some mystic things, I've always been "into it". That
atmosphere and horror presence in music, I love it.
Well, let's turn to the album. First track "Intro(The Beginning)" explicitly sets the listener on the atmosphere that will accompany the whole album, quiet and dark, with a fast piano in the end keeps you in suspense and
then, 2nd track "In The Hands
Of The Forest
" starts and you feel a terror that is waiting for you...glorious and dark, but not very powerful, although, it has some charm, maybe. The song tells a story about some man, wandering in the dark forest, full of nightmare creatures and a "moving trees".
especially wanna note the track called "Where The Fear Conquers All", this is my favourite track on the album, it reminds me of Dimmu's "In Sorte Diaboli
" album, it's done in the same vein and very different from all the other songs. The album has a lack of power, but it's because of not very good production.
Orchestrations are good, reminds of Carach Angren
a little bit, but needs some improvement. Drums are programmed, as I understand, but programmed very qualitatively, blast beats, double bass, fast toms, beautiful swotting, I can say. Guitars in the main not much technically improved, but sounds well. And
in the track "Ghoul Chapel
" guitars sound very good, very technical, I'd love to hear more stuff like that. Pretty diverse album, but too short, in my opinion.
Album was composed and recorded in 3 months by Mark Erskine- music, lyrics also by this man. Vocals- Ando Kamavosyan. Yes, I almost forgot, I would like to give remark on vocals, it needs more and more improvement, be unique, you can do it.
Also Mark Erskine doing a CD artworks for rock/metal bands and he's a owner of Gravedealer Studio.
's a strong beginning for a such young band, this is a good debut album!
now this band is one of my favourite symphonic black metal bands definitely! Very recommended for fans of Carach Angren
, Dimmu Borgir
, Advent Sorrow