FAUSTTOPHEL – SANCTA SIMPLICITAS – ANOTHER SIDE
It is surprising that bands still play this type of music and, what is more, it gets released. The Ukrainian, but apparently Russia-based band, is cliché-ridden, useless and redundant. The band’s delivery is actually quite good and it speeds up, but the music is everything the above adjectives just suggested.
The music is your average typical so-called black metal where growls and shrieks combine with female vocals. The riffs are simple, unoriginal, and go from fast to slow and mid-paced and are constantly interrupted by keyboards. If you are still reading, despite having understood how formulaic this thing is, yes indeed there are slow interludes of piano, a supposedly metal song called The Song Of The Leper, which halfway in-between sounds like it is auto playing soft rock, and loads of Slavic language pompous vocalizing. The melodic clangs sometimes sound like those of a children's music box and the sounds of a lullaby.
Who in the world needs another bombastic album confusing metal with keyboards full of very simple riffs whether fast or slow where every instrument follows the others? And just to complete the world of standard-issue same-old same-olds the group ends with a … yup, you guessed it… a cover version. Why didn’t anyone else think of that idea? – Ali “The Metallian”