Since I reviewed “The Kindred Of The Sunset” EP that preceeded this full length, I thought I’d give this a review as well. The Vision Bleak fall into a dark, gothic area and maybe aren’t prog per se. If you are a fan of Tiamat, Moonspell, Paradise Lost or Katatonia, you will enjoy this album and the band if you don’t already.
In addition to “The Kindred Of The Sunset” and “The Whine Of The Cemetery Hound,” the album really stays in the same lane as those songs. I don’t think there’s a single track that necessarily jumps out amongst the remaining ones, though “Ancient Heart” has an almost tribal feel to it and I do like that track a lot. “How Deep Lies Tartaros?” has lots of dynamics to it: quiet and then it just explodes!
“Who May Oppose Me?” is an orchestral instrumental with an acoustic guitar accompaniment. It has a very cool cinematic feel. The Vision Bleak could do film soundtracks. The closing track “The Fragrancy of Soil Unearthed” is another track that could easily be a Moonspell song. It’s a great way to close the album as well.
I think “The Unknown” is good but given how much I liked the EP, maybe I was expecting a lot more versus more of the EP. Still, it’s hard to argue with an album as consistent as this one. Fans of The Vision Bleak will enjoy the band’s dark journey into “The Unknown.”
1. Spirits of the Dead (lyrics by Edgar Allan Poe)
2. From Wolf to Peacock
3. The Kindred of the Sunset
4. Into the Unknown
5. Ancient Heart
6. The Whine of the Cemetery Hound
7. How Deep Lies Tartaros?
8. Who May Oppose Me?
9. The Fragrancy of Soil Unearthed
Label: Prophecy Productions