Wednesday, March 14, 2012

THEATRES DES VAMPIRES - Moonlight Waltz Tour 2011 DVD + CD

The latest release of this odd and very interesting band from Italy is a pack that includes a DVD from their latest tour, plus a live album which includes an EP with three new songs, named Cult Of Lamia. The first thing that we notice is that the band justifies their name, with their theatrical appearances, and way of performing, but if you stay only on that, you miss the whole point of their music. Consisting on the eerie vocals of Sonya Scarlet, on clear male vocals and on choirs that enhance the whole result, the band creates a whole scenery, a dark place where the macabre and the grotesque are the most important elements. With lyrics talking about vampires and ghosts, with the unique style of Sonya's singing, and the use of enough melodies, the band creates a haunting atmosphere, and a fine Gothic Metal album. The music is catchy enough, well arranged, and has a pompous feeling that is enhanced as each song progresses. This is a live album, and the response of the audience is very good, although I would prefer the crowd to be more audible thus giving some of the energy of the live to the listeners as well. The production though, is very good, clear enough, preserves the atmosphere of the album and points out all the details of the music. Listening to this album is fun, and besides the quality of the music, what really impresses is the ability of the band to create the specific atmosphere, and to make the listener believe he's a part of it. If you are a fan of the band, or you happen to watch them live, then this is a unique chance to get some of the magic of the band, captured on a release.


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