Velvet Cacoon – P aa opal Poere Pr. 33

October 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

Full Length, Starlight Temple Society, 2009

Before anything is said about the musical content of this album, I must point out that this review will not cover in any way the mysteries and stories that surround this band, their actions, whether they are style over substance or anything related to that. Enough (if not too much) ink  has already been shed about the extramusical activities of Velvet Cacoon, and if there’s one thing I love, it’s music.

Velvet Cacoon has been a band that I have liked since people started taking note of them, when Genevieve was released. I enjoyed that album quite enough, although I wouldn’t call it a classic by any stretch of the imagination. Even though I understood its purpose and was able to appreciate their sound, they still sounded like they were looking for their sound. Their future was promising however, as I’ve always been a fan of this particular brand of black metal: extremely dreamy, ethereal, otherworldly. Their album Dextronaut and Northsuite I found a little bland and generally uninspired.

In all honesty, I would consider P aa opal Poere Pr. 33 to be VC’s best offering thus far. I’ve already listened to this album in its entirety several times, and it’s easy to notice that the band has truly found their sound, or at least a sound that works for them as of now (as I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see their next album sound radically different in sound and in purpose). In terms of piece structure and production, the formula is the same as other VC recordings: overly simplistic riffs, heavy and dreamy guitar tones, and drums that somehow end up being more simplistic than the riffs.

There’s something truly ethereal, immense and captivating about this album that keeps me coming back for more. The drum breaks are extremely powerful in terms of sensation, as the listener can clearly hear a subtle and minimalistic melody through a wall of distortion. The opener “2” is a great example of this.  At around three minutes, the drums take a break and a soft melody can be heard lingering in the back of the echoing guitar riff. As a fan of atmospheric reverie, I find great enjoyment in this.

On a side note, I’ve never been a big fan of VC’s atmospheric offerings, so I was pleased to notice that only one track on this album (Aventine) featured ambient sounds. Every other track on this album can be thought of as a blueprint for a great atmospheric song, “2” and “Oviamoire” standing out of the bunch. This is a great album that any fan of Velvet Cacoon’s older material, as well as fans of heavy atmospheric music should definitely give a try.

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