Friday, December 21, 2018

Promotional Video Review: DIMLIGHT The Red King by Dave Wolff

Place of origin: Greece
Genre: Symphonic death metal
Promotional Video: The Red King
From the full length Kingdom Of Horrors, released independently October 27, 2018
Directed by: Dimitris Kostoudis
Release date: October 20, 2018
Since 2006 Dimlight have established themselves as a consistent touring band, performing through Europe and the Mideast with Arch Enemy, Lacuna Coil, Annihilator, Rotting Christ, Epica, Septic Flesh, Firewind and The Haunted. Of the four albums they have released to date, their latest Kingdom Of Horrors seems their most ambitious. It’s the first part of a conceptual metal opera set in a postapocalyptic future in which sorcery and dark magic abounds and an ironhanded godlike sovereignty rules the land. The central character is Athanor, who suffered profound private misfortune and wanders the earth in search of redemption of some kind. His travels lead him to discovering dark arcane secrets and entering an underworld where macabre, fearsome beasts dwell, seeking his lost loved ones. Both full lengths intended to tell this tale, Kingdom Of Horrors and Realm Of Tragedy, are available along with a novella entitled Bowels Of Madness. The Red King, the first track from Kingdom Of Horrors, gives introduction to this epic legend with a penetratingly cold presence as the desolate weather-beaten cinematography under Dimitris Kostoudis’ direction lets you know this postapocalyptic world is not a picture of sunshine and rainbows. A cryptic quote from Plato’s dialogue The Phaedrus underlines the personal struggle of Athanor. Ironically, The Phaedrus was evidently written about love but goes into deep examinations of rhetoric, reincarnation and erotic love. Including this quote tells you much about the central character of the narrative, requiring much thought, as do the lyrics provided in the Youtube link for the video: “When the sky weeps flame/And planets are erased/Pestilence is borne upon the creeping mist/Death a’ stalking in the woods…/From such visions stirred I wake/To find myself still in the grip/Of searing guilt for what I did/Salvation is lost for me!” All these images are given with proficient musicianship, glacial keyboards, piano like falling rain, commanding lead vocals from Peter Invoker and additional vocals from Mora that are both alluring and haunting. The full lengths are streaming at Dimlight's official Bandcamp; they and the novella can also be ordered through Dimlight’s official site. -Dave Wolff

Peter (aka Invoker): Guitars, vocals
Mora: Vocals
Nick: Guitars, bass
Jim: Drums
Marios: Lyricist
Apostolis: Orchestra composer

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