•  Posted in: Kogaionon ReviewsRating: 0.72/1
  • Album: Cardinal VII
  • Year: 2002
  • Label: DVS
  • Artist: 
  • Norway

I kept wondering for some time when these Norwegian might release a new album..."Shapes Of Spirits" came into sight in 1998 and, even if it was released with personal financial support, was very well viewed and in consequence DVS offered them this very contract. I wouldn't say that the present Metal performance of the four is quite different from the first album but the progressive note definitely became the key-point. Kenneth Brastad's voice is now much more diverse which a significant addition to the sound is. The instruments originally run through Gothic, Heavy and Atmospheric having as result a well-rounded, carefully conceived and well interpreted album. After a first audition, "Cardinal VII" seems just OK...but if you try to listen to it, once again, well, you'll be surprised to find more other intriguing elements, so that there is a certain musical charm outlined. However I am not fascinated by this kind of Progressive (I have one exception: WINDS) I didn't mind to listen to this material...maybe because I met passages reminding me of GODSEND, IN THE WOODS... or even METALLICA. Satisfying or modest, boring or outstanding, you should decide for yourself!