Ten years in the
black metal band Melechesh, and then vocalist and bassist Carpathian Wolf
decides to focus on his one-man-army project Conspiracy. Good move? Hard to tell
if you, like me, don't know Melechesh, but I reckon if they've been at it for
more than ten years, they must be up to something.
'Irremediable' is also up to something. A lot, in fact. Too much, really. There
are many good passages on the album, most of these intrumental, synthesized
orchestration. There are also tunes like Black Mass, Pentagram and Irremediable
that sound as if they want to be King Diamond and Mercyful Fate songs...without
actually making the grade. Irremediable is almost embarrassingly a wanna-be
'Abigail' track, with church organ, falsetto vocal and the whole lot. And a
touch of Manowar's 'Crown and the Ring' - auch!
It may well be that I'm not being fair, but this hurts my old-skool, it doesn't
move me in the right way, I'm not loving it. Try it on yourself, you might
like it, but I'm not convinced.