Terminal is Ancestral Legacy's
second album. Four years have gone since the release of Nightmare
Diaries, marked by some line-up changes in
which the Norwegian band sound more as one. Four years
during which a new singer, who'd already made an apparition
in 2010, has made
her imprint on the new material. Four years without a rest, between the constant
writing of new material, hard studio working, waiting for mixing and mastering
overseas - done by Jone Vaananen who's worked on Insomnium and Inkuinen Kaamos -
and for new label opportunities. A signing with the newly started local label
Whispering Voices Records granted the band with an immediate release of what
they had on the heart.
Ancestral Legacy obviously has loads to deliver. Terminal
goes right to the point on each and every track, with an urge present from «Bone
Code» to «Terminal». The band being highly inspired by Opeth, breaks are an
important means of creating variation in their relatively long tracks. The sound
doesn't always render the dynamics of the music, making it more linear and foggy
than what the band can deliver live. Especially if Ancestral Legacy
as a live band let themselves establish the atmosphere before hell breaks loose,
if they take their righteous place onstage and open up for each others impulses,
a more organic version of the band will soar, and perhaps it will also be heard
on studio works in the future. I other words, Terminal shows many good
ideas and song parts, but sometimes they'd break too mechanically, and their
combination with the cold and foggy mix functions sometimes but not at length.
Again, the alternative is you'll be lulled into comfort by this record.
When it comes to the vocals, the same could be said. Isadora sings soft,
accurate, through the whole record. I hear her voice has evolved since she was a
guest on Nightmare Diaries, but, perhaps due to a common choice in the
band, her vocals stay on an airy level, cute and proper, so you'd have to hear
her live to experience the full range of her voice and persona.
All in all Terminal is a fall pearl, a varied, harmonious
concept piece, in the track of the
musically progressive, lyrically doomish tradition of
the band since their debut
If you get what I mean out of listening to Terminal and if your way
crosses Ancestral Legacy's on tour, go and check them out,
you'll definitely get a new experience of the band.