I like the
idea of an invidual believing so much in his or her idea that it just has to
come out somehow - even if you're struggling to find someone who can sign up as
kindred spirits. Take this guy Élvio from the Madeira Islands. He wanted to
combine a black metal and thrash thing with something more acoustic and
beautiful. Since he couldn't find anyone to share his vision, he did it all
It took him five years to complete the album 'Pact With Solitude' under the
unmarketable moniker utopian.hope.dystopian.nihilism. And here it is, nicely
packaged in a lovely cover, with booklet and everything, including an
accompanying promo letter that pleads for an open mind and heart.
Élvio, I have been listening and have tried to open my mind and heart. I like
the idea, the feel of your CD, the concept, and some of the music is truly
beautiful. But I have to be frank: I lack a red thread here and there. The black
metal vocal simply isn't suitable everywhere you use it (e.g. in Self-Inflicted
The production and mix leaves much to be desired on the entire album - it
doesn't do your music justice at all. Also, the drums, if they are live drums at
all (?)...I'd just do them all over.
There, those were my two pence. Take it or leave it.
Please keep up the enthusiasm and find fellow believers!