ďA Sombre DanceĒ is the second album of the Doomy acoustic Metal band ESTATIC FEAR. Itís been nearly three years since their amazing 1996 debut album ďSomnium ObmutumĒ, which was a four song, 57 minute epic which led the listener into a world of magic and beauty.
Well, now with ďA Sombre Danceď, what we get is ten songs and 47 minutes. But just because this album is shorter, does not mean at all that ESTATIC FEAR have lost their touch. Quite on the contrary, actually; this album is one of the best pieces of music you will ever hear and Iím saying this out of complete truth. This is my honest opinion. ESTATIC FEAR have accomplished in one album what many bands may never accomplish in their entire career. ďA Sombre Danceď contains everything you can ever want in a melodic metal album and even a little bit more.
The instruments range from violin, to electric guitar, to acoustic guitar, to flute, drums, keyboards, etc. It may seem like a bit much for some people, but believe me; itís worth a good listen. All the instrumentals are placed in each song perfectly and the melodies created by the guitars (both electric and acoustic) are completely astounding and will leave you wanting more long after the album has finished spinning in your CD player.
The best song I would have to recommend from this album is entitled ďChapter IVĒ. This one song alone incorporates every instrument this band has ever used in all their songs and they play it out perfectly for an entire ten minutes. The lyrics and vocals are both beautiful, with soaring female singing and powerful growling from frontman Markus Miesbauer.
So I beg of you, please (!) take a trip to your local used CD store and pick this gem up. And if you canít find it there, buy it off eBay for 5 bucks! This CD is extremely rare and itís unlikely that anything like this will ever come out again. Itís sad to know that ESTATIC FEAR have not been heard of or seen since 1999, so itís not officially stated if theyíve been disbanded; but I wouldnít hold my breath to wait for a new album from them anytime soon. This CD has been constantly rotating in my CD player ever since I got it two summers ago. Find it and hold on to it! (Online February 26, 2006)