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The Equinox Ov The Gods - Fragments Of Lust And Decay (CD)

The Equinox Ov The Gods
Fragments Of Lust And Decay
by Yiannis Doukas at 22 December 2007, 2:58 PM

These Swedish band, after three demos that released between 1992 and 1994, unleashed a debut that it was really surprising. I am talking about the Images Of Forgotten Memories CD that was out by Unisound Records in 1996. This album except its brilliant cover included excellent songs in a style that it's not so easy to be expressed by words. The following was in the same levels, Fruits And Flowers Of The Spectral Garden, that saw the light of day one year later. After these nice records the band disappeared for six years. The third album Where Angels Dare Not Tread was under the Virusworx Records label and - to tell you the truth - I have not seen it till now. Probably the distribution was poor, I don't know.
As you can see I was really curious for their new album. My first impressions weren't bad, although I could say that I didn't enjoy it as their first opus. The music remains in the same unique and strange areas, giving them a clear touch of personality, in a way that if you hear anything by this band you can easily recognize them in the future. A music style with heavy riffs, vocals that have high expressive aura that in some moments reminds me FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM or SOPOR AETURNUS and all these dressed with nice keyboards plus female vocals that fulfill their music verifying their existence. If I had to compare them with one band the first name that comes is Greater Art of LAKE OF TEARS. Note also that inside you will find many Gothic references from SISTERS OF MERCY, MISSION and FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM as I mention before.
In most times their songs has a soundtrack role surrounding the lyrics. Images of ghosts, of abandoned cemeteries, ruined ancient mansions, illusions after drinking this green liquid that was famous in France forcing poets writing their unholy songs, etc. The first and the second track here are very good, giving the listener from the beginning what this band represents. I'm afraid that The Needle Twins and Opus Umbrarum are not in the same levels, bringing boredom. The new version of Necropolis is not bad but allow me to prefer the original version in the debut. This song is one of the best moments in the career of THE EQUINOX OV THE GODS with very nice lyrics that can be translated as an after-death journey. Believe me, sometimes they can write ultra dynamite songs. The Ravens Flies, I guess, could be more better while The Invisible is a perfect example of combination of Gothic melodies along with heavy riffing. The new incarnation of Stigmata (the old one was in the second album) remind me of how nice song it is, but as in Necropolis I don't find any meaning for his presentation here. Any way, if someone hasn't listened it surely will suffer from Metal shock. I repeat, they can write bonecrushing songs easily.
The album continues with Until The Light Of Day that in the start was entitled as A Vampire Song and - as you can see - deals with drinking blood situations with more intellectual or Gothic colors. The ending is coming with No Life that I cannot say it is something special.
The production was done in Metallfabriken by the band with Marcus Edvardsson in some help and it's good. Note also that their drummer's band, SOULDRAINER, recorded their debut there. This band is in my heart really, I am dying for a live appearance here (their gigs are special with strange make-up from Fredrik made of VORTEX or similar bands) but I would like something better with more enthusiasm and power.

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
The Wrath Of Angels
The Boy Who Dances With Ghosts
The Needle Twins
Opus Umbrarum
Necropolis (Revisited)
The Ravens Flies
The Invisible
Stigmata MMVII
Until The Light Of Day
No Life
Lineup:
Fredrik Wallin - Vocals
Arttu Malkki - Drums
Morgan Svedlund - Guitars
Jocke Wassberg - Guitars
Record Label: Burning Star Records
     


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