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Anima Morte: Serpents in the Fields of Sleep

Latin for Dead Soul, Anima Morte is a Swedish instrumental progressive band, and Serpents in the Fields of Sleep is their 4th studio album. Although their sound is almost pure symphonic, and they make heavy use of authentic instruments such as Mellotron and analogue synthesizers, they mix that retro sound with modern keyboards and electronic arrangements, some strings such as cello and violin, or wind instruments like the sax and clarinet, creating a dark and atmospheric sound, dense and oddly beautiful. The main musicians are founder member Fredrik Klingwall on Mellotron and all types of synthesizers and pianos, Daniel Cannerfelt on guitars, Teddy Möller on drums, and Gustaf Hielm on bass. The music unquestionably resembles a horror movie soundtrack, with an unspoken narrative that creates that tension and anxiety on the listener, music that unveils its true colors and value after multiple listens. The drumming is outstanding, and the sound is very well produced, guitars are also well executed and very tasty, however for me the real game changer here is the way Klingwall combines and intercalate the classic sounding instruments with the more modern ones, I find that to be cool and unique. A progressive, orchestral, and cinematic journey, loaded with exquisite instrumentation, very dynamic and even catchy at spots. The album flows elegantly from track to track, and they are all good, however my favorites are “Seeds of Trepidation”, “A Perfect Void”, “Blood of The Iconoclast”, and the closer “Night of The Final Act”. On a side note… the album cover art is fantastic, creepy, and menacing, goes perfectly with the musical content.

Track Listing:
  1. Leaving Redemption Behind (4:40)
  2. Pathogenesis (5:24)
  3. Seeds of Trepidation (5:59)
  4. A Perfect Void (3:45)
  5. Blood of The Iconoclast (5:15)
  6. Colors of Incrimination (3:41)
  7. Serpents in The Fields of Sleep (2:37)
  8. The Underworld Beckons (3:27)
  9. Night Of the Final Act (6:46)

Added: December 18th 2022
Reviewer: Jose Antonio Marmol
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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Anima Morte: Serpents in the Fields of Sleep
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2022-12-18 16:01:53
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Serpents in the Fields of Sleep is 42-minutes of pure, ominous prog bliss, Swedish act Anima Morte basically giving us a modern take on some of the musical delights that Goblin were known for throughout the '70s and '80s with their blend of horror movie soundtrack themes. Here, Anima Morte use progressive rock for a framework to deliver chilling sounds utilizing vintage and modern musical technology to create haunting soundscapes that thrill and amaze every step of the way. Check out highlights like "Leaving Redemption Behind", "Pathogenesis", "Seeds of Trepidation", "Blood of the Iconoclast", and "Night of the Final Act", as the music will sweep you off your feet with plenty of synths, Mellotron, biting electric guitar, violin, and other assorted instrumentation. Well done, and highly recommended!

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