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Elizabethan Walpurga - Walpurgisnacht Award winner

Elizabethan Walpurga
by Marcos "Big Daddy" Garcia at 08 July 2017, 10:11 AM

One of the main features from Brazilian bands is the capacity to take musical forms from Europe or USA (and others) and make changes on the formulas. Yes, maybe it’s a thing that Latin people from South America have. One of the greatest revelations we had in this year is from Recife (Pernambuco), the quintet called ELIZABETHAN WALPURGA. The is a veteran band, but only this year did they release their first full length, called “Walpurgisnacht”.

Their style can be described as Heavy/Black Metal, the fusion of melodic elements from traditional Heavy Metal in the instrumental parts with the aggressiveness of Black Metal on the vocals (even with some instrumental focusing the aggressiveness of Black Metal). It seems too simple to be done, but the way that is used by the quintet is truly different and personal, with an identity pulsing with life and energy. Let yourself be seduced by “Walpurgisnacht”.

The sound production was done by the quintet, and it mixing and mastering were done by the hands of Nenel Lucena. The sound quality of “Walpurgisnacht” is a bit rawer than the necessary, but the balance between weight, aggressiveness and sound clarity is in an excellent level. It sounds brutal, aggressive and melodic, with very good tunes on the musical instruments and excellent musical arrangements. The artwork is amazing, beautiful and darkened, in the same manner as their music.

The album’s best shots: the climatic with very good instrumental arrangements “Clamitat Vox Sanguinis” (where the guitar riffs and solos carries the clear influence of MERCYFUL FATE on their albums of the 80s), the heavy and seductive “Infernorium” (with its excellent work on bass guitar and drums, that shows moments with influences from Heavy Metal and on others, from the purest Black Metal, and the backing vocals were done by Nenel Lucena), the fine work of vocals and guitars shown on “The Serpent’s Eyes and the Horns of Crown” and “The Elizabethan Dark Moon” (where the backing vocals were done by Gustavo Coimbra), the bitter and introspective slow parts of “The Canine Enchantment by the Phlebotomy (In the Julgular Streams)” (where their aggressive side of their musical personality is evident filled with excellent backing vocals), and the fascinating somber melodies of “Transylvanian Cry” and “Walpurgisnacht” (this one with good backing vocals done by Gustavo Coimbra and Rogério Mendes).  All of them are great songs, but the entire album is excellent.

The last thing that is left to say: ELIZABETHAN WALPURGA can be late with their first album, but “Walpurgisnacht” has its space in the world. So crank it up, because they are great!

Originality: 9
Songwriting: 10
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Exordium
2. Vampyre
3. Clamitat Vox Sanguinis
4. Infernorium
5. The Serpent’s Eyes and the Horns of Crown
6. The Elizabethan Dark Moon
7. The Canine Enchantment by the Phlebotomy (In the Julgular Streams)
8. Transylvanian Cry
9. Walpurgisnacht
Leonardo “Mal’lak” Alcântara - Vocals
Erick Lira - Guitars
Breno Lira - Guitars
Renato Matos - Bass
Arthur Felipe Lira - Drums
Record Label: Shinigami Records


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