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Artrosis - In The Flower's Shade (8,5/10) - Poland - 2000

Genre: Gothic Metal
Label: Metal Mind Records
Playing time: 56:20
Band homepage: Artrosis

Tracklist:

  1. Unreal Story I
  2. Unreal Story II
  3. White Page
  4. Mezczyzna (male)
  5. And I Will
  6. Morpheus
  7. Among Flowers And Shadows
  8. The Following Chapter
  9. Kobieta (female)
  10. Two Ways
  11. We
  12. Delusion
Artrosis - In The Flower's Shade
The Metal Mind Records-label more and more is growing into a guarantor for high-quality stuff. After this album had been released in Poland one year ago already (but completely with Polish lyrics), "In The Flower's Shade" by ARTROSIS now finds its way into our regions, too. Completely in English and enriched with a lot of PC-stuff, like video-track, history, interview, photos...

Musically they don't offer much new stuff, but still this album really has impressed me. The way they spread melancholy through their songs, some Gothic-fans will find tears of joy in their eyes. Just as usual, a young, pretty lady is responsible for the vocals at ARTROSIS. Magdalena Dobosz-Stupkiewicz, or "Medeah" for short, excels with an incredible vocal performance that sends shivers down my spine. Her voice sounds very mystic and very, very sensitive, but if necessary also very powerful and expressive. Here and there there also are a few opera-esque passages (no, don't fear, she won't make the glasses in front of you shatter).

The music also is very interesting, I would describe it as a mixture of Gothic (more) and Progressive Metal (a little less). The songs are very atmospheric and contain a lot of great arrangements and melancholic melodies, which are borne by frail classical piano- and orchestral keyboard-sounds! To check out "In The Flower's Shade", I'd recommend the first two tracks "Unreal Story I + II". Both hold a big number of fat Heavy-riffs, atmospheric keyboards and, of course, the strong vocals. They are not the most accessible ones, but still very strong, with a few nice Prog-elements. Then we have "Morpheus", which has some slight Techno-beats and "We" (starting out very slow-paced, then turns into a speed-grenade in the middle before stopping after four minutes or so. After a two-minute-break (hidden track?) it's getting very calm).

The great cover-artwork of the DigiPak should also not remain unmentioned. All in all a very good album, where the only real point of criticism is the very sterile-sounding drum-computer, but for the coming grey November-days this should be just the right album...

Charly Kogler



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