If the title "Suspiria" is a reminiscence of the brilliant Italian director and master of horror Dario Argento is beyond my knowledge, but I could very well imagine some DARKWELL-songs as background-music for movies like "Surpiria", "Phenomena" or "Opera" (all cult-horror/thrillers!) . But the Gothic-fan should be the main target of this CD, so all of you should check out "Suspiria".
The Tyrolia-based band also places their trust in female power, because the lead vocals are the domain of singer Alexandra Pittracher. Her voice reminds me a little of Kari Rueslåtten (Ex-THE 3RD & THE MORTAL), very pleasant and delicate. Still I have to say that a bit more power and variety would not have hurt, because as the time passes by, the uniformly high pitch gets to the nerves a bit.
Still DARKWELL have a vocal talent in Alexandra, which should develop into a future great. Musically they (almost) completely can convince me, too. The songs all are slow-paced, sometimes they even cross the threshold into "doomy" waters. But still they put in enough melodic breaks and speed-changes, which loosen up the sound and create quite some variety. The highlight is the three-chapter-epos "Two Souls Creature Triology" with very much pomp and classical influences and the slow title-track, which is driven by fast double-bass-drums (What? How should that work out? - A visibly confused Alex)
Of course not all that glitters is gold (or black) yet, but for a debut "Suspiria" is more than remarkable and is a good foundation for the future of DARKWELL.