Here we go again with another super project featuring only the best talents metal has to offer. Hellhammer is on board along with Lazare (BORKNAGAR/SOLEFALD), Eikind (KHOLD) and Andy Winter (WINDS). Add a couple of buddies and you have not only an intelligent band overall, but complex compositions as well.
Talk about being one fucked up release, this is it. "Auditorium." starts off as neo classical with string arrangements and then the complex drumming kicks in. There are also elements of electronics for good measure. The vocals provided from Lazare are unique and distinctive just like on the SOLEFALD releases. Unlike on the WINDS CDs where Hellhammer plays with grace and is more laid back, he hits his skins a lot harder here and the time changes are off the wall. This kaleidoscope of sound is all accomplished in under four minutes. The classy and professional keyboard work of one Andy Winter can be heard throughout the title track and the rest of the disc. Lazare also manages to toss in some unclean vocals with "Acceleration." Once again, it will take some use to before really appreciating this work of art.
Most bands from the Euro countries know how mesh Metal and Classical, but here it's not an easy pill to swallow. The problem lays in each artist's performances. All the guys are beyond talented, but they each have a distinct sound and when you hear all the instruments put together it doesn't sound like a cohesive band. Each song sounds like SOLEFALD/WINDS/KHOLD/MAYHEM not as one unit. Do you get the drift? I don't know how long these guys practiced these songs for, but they should have someone from the outside critique them for good measure.
Your typical Prog fan will not get into these tracks for the simple fact that everyone stands out making the songs a bit hard to listen to. However, I think if you are a true music lover you will be able to get the hang of these songs after several listens. This will take a lot of time since there is so much going on. I think the music writing is artistic and wonderful and with each listen you will get more out of it. It's kind of a bitter pill to swallow at first, but after a while, you will begin to appreciate it. Nonetheless, this is still fantastic music to listen to that's out of the ordinary and that matters most. (Online November 15, 2004)