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Ecnephias – The Sad Wonder Of The Sun

The Sad Wonder Of The Sun
by Riccardo Gaffuri at 02 October 2017, 1:16 PM

Two years after their latest namesake release, Italian Gothic band ECNEPHIAS publish their latest work, “The Sad Wonder of the Sun”, out for My Kingdom Music. Mancan majestic vocals start off this LP with “Gitana”, backed by Sicarius keyboards which will be a key part of this release, as well as the band general sound. After this melancholic opener, “Povo de Santo” will see LA JANARA female singer Raffaella Cangero in dialogue with Mancan; in “Sad Summer Night” dark wave elements make their way to the surface and distill a fine track, with a catchy chorus and technical showoffs of the band skills.

“The Lamp” moves along a faster tempo and between synths and catchy elements weaves dreamy into the next “Nouvelle Orleans”, a surprising Latin upbeat hot touch. On the other hand, “A stranger” with clean guitars introduces the listener to a decadent and gloomy atmosphere and a sort of spiritual ascension in the end. We sense dark wave influences in the following “Quimbanda”, which turns out to be a theatrical dark goth track, simple in the structure yet well rendered in the results. Italian vocals, once again in a male-female vocals dialogue, give this track a plus.
“Maldiluna” with acoustic guitars in the intro and in the chorus, is a pensive melancholic dirge, once again in ECNEPHIAS mother tongue. “You” closes the platter with an interesting mix of pop, electronics and dark forceful tunes, as this “The Sad Wonder of the Sun” did for the last 50 mins.

This is an album to slip into dreams with, with ECNEPHIAS Mediterranean touch to warm the hearts of the listener; if flaws must be found some more effort could be spent in the production, not always on a A-level, but, most of all, a bit of delay, as a release like this could’ve been a direct hit if released in much more fertile times for the genre.

Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Memorability: 7
Production: 6

3 Star Rating

1.     Gitana
2.     Povo De Santo
3.     Sad Summer Night
4.     The Lamp
5.     Nouvelle Orleans
6.     A Stranger
7.     Quimbanda
8.     Maldiluna
9.     You
Mancan - Guitars, Vocals, Programming
Sicarius – Keyboard, Piano
Demil – Drums
Nikko – Guitars
Khorne – Bass
Record Label: My Kingdom Music


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Edited 20 October 2018

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