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The Maniacal Vale - Esoteric

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Esoteric / Audio CD released 2008-06-16 at Season Of Mist

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      02.03.2010 12:13
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      Intelligent and encapsulating funeral doom

      Esoteric albums are never the easiest of listens at the best of times, and The Maniacal Vale continues this trend, consisting as it does of two cds of hallucinagenic, crushing and euphoric funeral doom spanning an exhausting hour and 40 minutes-plus.

      The album continues very much in the vein of predecessor "Subconscious Dissolution into the Continuum", with unbelievably letargic and despondent riffs that crawl forth and bleed slowy into one-another, yet many songs on 'The Maniacal Vale', particularly the phenomanal and epic 'Circle', contrast the suffocating darkness with warm and hopeful, reflective and soaring melodies, that break through the gloom like shards of golden light piercing an abyssal tomb.

      The album also drags its relentless momentum into overdrive on occasion, going from doomy crawl to thundering death-metal in a manner that recalls their work on earlier albums such as 'Epistemological Despondency'.

      Taken as a whole, 'The Maniacal Vale' is an emotionally exhausting, fiercely philosopical, phenomenally atmospheric and utterly encapsulating album, whilst the serpentile, golden-vortex artwork is both mesmerising and wholly appropriate. Put simply, 'The Maniacal Vale' is one of the best funeral doom albums I've heard in a long, long time.

      Disc 1

      1. Circle 20:45
      2. Beneath This Face 11:22
      3. Quickening 12.19
      4. Caucus of Mind 07:22

      Disc 2
      1. Silence 15:45
      2. The Order of Destiny 11:33
      3. Ignotum Per Ignotius 22:43

      Total playing time 01:41:49

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Circle
    2 Beneath This Face
    3 Quickening
    4 Caucus Of Mind

    Disc #2 Tracklisting
    1 Silence
    2 Order Of Destiny
    3 Ignotum Per Ignotus