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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Coronatus - Terra Incognita review

Year : 2011
Genre : Fairy Tale Pop Metal
Label : Massacre Records
Origin : Germany
Rating : 6.5 / 10

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The music of Coronatus is your premiere choice if you are a fan of live fantasy. (Or, if you are a paid fan, that is acceptable, as well.) The name of the game herein is richly developed, heavily fantasy-influenced tale-metal with a tolerable pop tint to it, and the premiere saving grace of this ambitious direction is the mere sonic abundance of the delivery.

Coronatus, one has the hunch, had a similar plan in mind than what Italian Ancient Bards have accomplished with their latest to date, furious, powerful dark fairy tale full length, yet this particular baby deliberately lacks all the "it" factors worth failing to put your finger on when it comes to rabid intensity. It is a much more calm release, with JUST an acceptable amount of fantasy queen bigotry exhibited in the female singing department. (Of which you will find exactly none of on the aforementioned dainty Ancient Bards release, which features signing by a female FITA'!)

Coronatus seeks to sound rather complex while remaining pleasantly easy on the ears in character, filling the sonic fabrics with exotic instrumental choices : synthetic strings, bells, woodwinds, Scottish pipes, mutant baby that vomits violently if you pull its tentacle, tame rhythm guitar with no reminder of balls guarantee a shocking experience as you climb aboard this likable Lego metal-ship with hopes that it won't go Titanic on your butt. Read on to get your ticket, Lover.

Coronatus is in the constant-, relatively successful process of seeking for instant pop-metal epicness, thinking that the toy-guitar on the left channel makes it HEAVY!! MMMET'LLL!!! Oh my God! It DOES! The good news is that the release is able to convey a wide palette of related emotions with sufficient convince power, and the bad news is that the spin is a tad more tediously volumetric in its length than it can remain super-focused for. And yes, it is absofuckinglutely expectable from a record to be super-focused, or at least, attempt to do that and spot-reject elements that do not come through as efficiently. As hinted, there is a solid amount of heavily deranged goth-bigotry on display here that will make nothing else than rob you out of luscious attention, but, you won't regret it (that much) and this is the charming part.

The most relevant problem this release is prone to suffer from is the inconsistent songwriting that haunts the spin as a full declaration. Whenever the record sounds to have no true content to offer, it takes the brave-, but relatively misplaced and incompetent liberty to harass your receptors with clumsy experimental decisions in at attempt to escape the terrible, terrible grasp of uninspired fairy tale metalcore. Track number 9, called "In Signo Crucis", for example, is a good example of this disorganized pacing, in which you can't help but be entertained, nevertheless. And WHAT an "amazing" drum solo!! GTFO, I'm begging you.

There is no doubt at all that the record has tremendous amount of work in it, but a good dosage of that "tremendous amount" is originated from rudimentary-, on occasion, even clueless compositional techniques, and, funnily enough, the record weighs in even more likable with all the qualms you could raise regarding the blemishes in its integrity. On Coronatus' Terra Incognita, an absolutely risk free-, but likable variant of tale-metal seeks your appreciation. Regardless of its deep-pinkish direction, the release has quite sufficient complexity - even with its numerous weaker parts - to command your awareness to take it serious while Christmas is near the door.

Rating : 6.5 / 10

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