Genre/Influences: Ethereal, neo-classic.
Background/Info: Angelis Foe has been active since 2006 and is driven by former Arcana singer Annmari Thim and Fredrik Hermansson. “An Evil Of Nature” is the band’s third full length opus featuring ‘tales based on texts from the Malleus Maleficarum, the Old Testament, Jewish mysticism and other ancient sources’.
Content: This album is a fusion between sound and vocals. The sound has something dramatic and ibombast, but also refined and into neo-classic arrangements while the classically trained vocals inject a graceful, artistic element to the songs. Music and vocals are totally complementary and accentuate the dramatic content of the composition. But there’s also a deeply melancholic touch, which is more sensible and in harmony with the artwork of the album.
+ + + : First of all there’s this great vocal performance of Annmari Thim. Her voice is powerful, bewitching and reinforcing the emotional content of the work. Next there’s the music, which is in total harmony with the vocals. I like the bombast vibe running through the songs, but also the refined arrangements of piano- and cello sounds revealing delicacy and dreamy sensations. “Habit And Repute” is a perfect example of this Swedish duo’s subtle song writing. I also have to say a word about the great, artistic digipak.
– – – : It’s just a very personal feeling, but I’m missing something more melodic in the composition. It feels like the single, but essential detail that hasn’t been incorporated.
Conclusion: I like heavenly voices and their fusion with music. Angelic foe definitely belongs to this category of artistic artists although I’ve the impression there’s more potential in this duo than what I’ve heard here.
Best songs: “Habit And Repute”, “The Gate”.