'On Death and Cosmos' EP in 2012 was a good
introduction to this 'Hemmed by Light, Shaped by Darkness', produced by Erik
here), where the only original member from 1998 Davide Tiso shares
his creativity with his wife
Karyn Crisis (vocals), Marco Minnemann (drums) and Bryan Beller
(bass). The guitar parts are indeed the backbone here.
I guess I miss the madness from 'The
Painter's Palette' (2003), 'Pain Necessary to Know' (2005) or 'Through
My Dog's Eyes' (2009).
Well, this new record is less experimental or
jazzy, more post metal, sludge or any label approaching. Karyn's raspy voice
suits this musical evolution.
Ephel Duath is still complex and original, but
with longer songs which perhaps give a better possibility to grip them, and it
is a quality if you are not as insane as your humble servant.
So my preference for the previous records has
nothing to do with 'Hemmed by Light, Shaped by Darkness' intrinsic qualities: it
is just a question of (my twisted) tastes.
Ephel Duath is always in motion. I warmly
encourage you to discover this new Cuvée and the previous pieces if you do not
already know them.