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Idol of Fear - Trespasser

Idol of Fear
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 12 May 2022, 5:35 AM

There isn’t a unique form of playing Metal genres. A single genre can have countless forms of being expressed, and some are still being created or will be created in the future to come. This is one of the main reasons for Metal being alive for more than 50 years while other musical genres are dead by now. So if one starts a band, one must have in mind that to create is a need, and to follow is for losers. And maybe this is the driving force behind the work of the Canadian quartet IDOL OF FEAR on “Trespasser”, their third album.

The band focus their efforts on creating an experimental form of Black Metal that gives emphasis to dark ambiences and a funereal feeling that can chill the spine of the fans, in a similar way that CRADLE OF FILTH used on the past. But don’t you dare to think that it’s not aggressive (because it is), and full of energy and many hooks that makes the experience of hearing to “Trespasser” a very good one. The quartet produced and mixed the songs of the album, leaving the mastering in the hands of Jeremie Bézier (the same one known for working previously with EMPTINESS and ENTHRONED). The sonority is rough and darkened, bearing the need to have a touch of organic filth on the sound quality, but always in a way that will not cause problems to the understanding of what they’re expressing.

The album is a very good release for those that need the experience into Black Metal that can bind elements from the past with a younger point of view, expressed on songs as “The Flayed Horizon” and “Angel Dust” (a funereal and rusty ambience fills both songs with darkened melodies, and very good vocals can be heard in tunes that aren’t the shrieked ones usual for the genre), the gothic and morbid appeal of “Cheirotonia” and “Trespasser” (a good work of bass guitar and drums can be heard on both songs), and “What You Came to Find”. But it seems that the quartet still has some surprises hidden within their musical cloaks.

IDOL OF FEAR shows a very good and interesting work on “Trespasser”, so dig into it and enjoy.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 7

4 Star Rating

1. The Flayed Horizon
2. Angel Dust
3. Cheirotonia
4. Phantom
5. Trespasser
6. In the Cold Light of Dawn
7. Alone With You
8. What You Came to Find
9. Endless
Austin Myers - Vocals
Dave Bach - Guitars
Kalei Myers - Bass
Doug Belcourt - Drums
Record Label: Somnolence Productions


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