Ador Dorath - Symbols
Ador Dorath, the seven piece army from Czech Republic, are perhaps the only band I know of that have absorbed the good influences from Cradle Of Filth's early stages. Listening to this Czech band is sometimes like taking a journey back to the Principle Of Evil Made Flesh era. Add to this mighty female vocals from the eminent voice of Lenka Machova and some serious work of art on cello by Krystian Danel. When I heard the band for the first time after the release of the 2002´s Adon Nin Edeleth album I recall that the music was quite influenced by the british mentioned band, and I think that it's still the best reference to their music even though they seem to have carved their own identity deep into this symbol.
Symbols is their second album in full-length format. The difference between this album and the debut is mainly spelled aggression. Symbols seems to be a creation with more sharpened teeth than Adon Nin Edeleth had. The music is still very atmospheric, and it sometimes feels unreal, like you are trapped in a dream. A bizarre nightmare with some industrial elements as can be heard on the Moungain, a quite dark epos that as well could be a work from Samael these days. The voices from Ivos Dosedel and Lenka Machova work very fine together, where the voice of Ivos stands for the darker and aggressive elements in the sound picture and Lenka Machovas best can be described as a more interesting form of Tarja (ex-Nightwish). Good composing and great individual skills, the only problem I have with this recording is that it tends to be a bit too much and too high parts on the keyboard lines.
All in all I get a very positive feeling from this album, not a monumental work of art but still it has something great and weird in its sound, like the Nin.E, a very complex and almost schizophrenic song which represents this album quite well I guess. Even though I am strictly against keyboards in this world I must say that on this album it works just fine mainly because of the recommended songs that have some real killer melodies and can easily be recommended to those of you who are into the work of early Cradle of Filth, Tristania and the later from Samael.
also review of: Adon