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Dementia Ad Vitam: De Gaïa, le Poison

Here we have the second effort from the French trio called Dementia ad Vitam. These lads share a wide array of instruments including: piano, keyboards, acoustic / electric guitar, violins, as well as varied vocal types.

At first, I was under the impression this was a solo work. It has a very personal and intimate vibe: maybe caused by the haunted vocals and whispers/narrative vocals (done mostly in French). The music recorded on this cd is of a very ambient and dark nature. Very few percussions, and even less electric guitars, are to be heard. As a matter of fact, only track 12, "Iter Immortalis" contains bits of distorted axe in it. Then , on the other hand, a plethora of piano, violin and keyboards are frequently used, giving this album a neo-classical edge. A certain theatrical and dramatic edge is also showing up here and there, adding an entertaining character to their art. For my own selfish pleasure, a few tracks have the organic tonalities of an acoustic guitar gracing their song structure. These delicacies can be heard on: "La Marche du Prochain Juge" and "Nos Viscères en Offrande aux Racines, as well s on my favorite composition, the darkly epic "A Present is Trieste".

To sum up, De Gaïa, le Poison, is a melodically dark opus of neo-classical ambiences.

Track listing:
1. Coeptus Oraculi Diri
2. Au Plus Profond De Mes Songes
3. L'Antre Aux Cadavres
4. Achéron
5. Regarde
6. A Présent Si Triste
7. J'aimais Cet Endroit
8. L'Epilogue Funèbre
9. Si Beau Paysage De Sang
10. Absurde Et Mortelle
11. Nuit Eternelle
12. Iter Immortalis
13. La Marche Du Prochain Juge
14. Nos Viscères En Offrande Aux Racines
15. Le Secret Des Sages

Added: February 16th 2011
Reviewer: Denis Brunelle
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Language: english

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