Sunday, July 22, 2018

Lyric Video Review: MADMANS ESPRIT Parade Of Extinction by Dave Wolff

Parade Of Extinction
From their upcoming full length Conscientization Of Unconsciousness, to be released independently October 2018
Place of origin: South Korea
Genre: Gothic black metal
Release date: June 30, 2018
I happened to come across this band when Abyss Forgottentomb recommended them to me. After heading to their Youtube profile, it wasn’t long before I found a recent video promoting their second album (following 2014’s Nacht). I decided this was yet another band with massive potential, besides that they’re reaching out to the world through metal and gothic music even though relations between the US and Korean governments are less than amiable. The song was just three and a half minutes long, but still enough to make me want to hear more. If you like old Dark Throne, Hecate Enthroned and Sigh this band will grow on you. They have a rhythm section with bass and drum sounds recorded with heaviness and depth. The bass sounds played with distortion on and off, This has a manner of presenting the song’s soundscape in a three dimensional picture, similar to a wall to wall tapestry becoming animated before your eyes. The characteristics of goth music in Parade Of Extinction come from keyboards, classical piano and guitar progressions, melodic and woeful vocals that turn towards despondent shrieks in a moment’s time. The gothic sound mingles with the band’s black metal structure without constraint, and with a delivery that is entirely organic and unmechanical. I was reminded of Sigh by the visuals in the promotional video depicting everyday city life, unsuspecting of the shadows lurking close by. It reminded me of the lyrics of a song on Sigh’s 1997 album Hail Horror Hail, Invitation To Die, which described a similar scenario. The lyrics to Parade Of Extinction, presented in Korean, Japanese and English, are insightful in their ruminations on life and mortality, with a poetic license that transcends language barriers. The musical soundtrack I discussed earlier makes the lyrics all the more profound, giving the listener ample time to mull over the band’s thoughts on existence. The originality this band has to offer is the incorporation of visual kei into their lyrics and video production. Bands like EZO and Balzac have done this in the fields of metal and punk, but in goth and black metal it seems to be something new. I suspect Madmans Esprit introducing it into underground metal will lead to yet another expansion of those genres. Watch for the album when it comes out this autumn. -Dave Wolff

叫號(Kyuho): Vocals, guitars
Mario: Guitars

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