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» After the impact of “Metaphortime”, one can say that its successor was pretty much awaited. Three years later, the expectations were replaced by satisfaction, given the quality of this “Smooth Comforts False”.
A list of guests made the sound of this new work more distinct, starting right on with “Faraway Embrace”, featuring Adolfo Luxúria Canibal. His unmistakable voice recites some verses in Portuguese, that I don’t know if he wrote them himself, but they surely sound like his. Something we wouldn’t expect in a death/doom track – despite the creepy nature of the MÃO MORTA’s singer – but that turned out extremely well.
“Psi-drama” comes next, mainly death in the beginning (a bit black, even, if I’m allowed to say so), a worked-up guitar solo in the middle, and a surprising finale mingled with jazz, led by trumpet player Ricardo Formoso.
As if to emphasise the “mysterious” part on “Mysterious Hours”, the band’s doom vein prevails here, in a dark and seductive melody.
The instrumental “Foretoken” opens the way to “Evil Dreams”, where a new guest – Yossi Sa’aron from ORPHANED LAND – countervails the aggressiveness with the melody of his bouzouki.
“Winter Threat”, on the other hand, heads towards the gothic. Marco “Dust” Benevento (HOW LIKE A WINTER, THE FORESHADOWING, KAMLATH) replaces Pedrão Silva on the male voices and delivers “that” deep and enticing tone of the gothic melancholy.
“Smooth Comforts False” had been announced as an approach to something more progressive and experimental, and it’s its final tracks that THEE ORAKLE carved a bigger impression in that field, especially in terms of sharp shifts in tempo. And “Rescue Of Mind” merges the band with jazz once again, this time with the sax of Fábio Almeida.
An album very well structured and performed, rich in details that the listener of this kind of music will surely like to discover. The guests are, of course, a valuable asset, but the basic merit is all THEE ORAKLE’s. «
Label: Ethereal Sound Works
Producer: Pedro Mendes
- Faraway Embrace
- Mysterious Hours
- Evil Dreams
- Winter Threat
- The Bridge Of The River Flowing
- Rescue Of Mind