Genre/Influences: Dark-cinematographic, dark-ambient.
Background/Info: “Davidian” is the fifth solo-album by Maximillian Olivier. The American ‘Prince of Darkness’ moves on with the concept of the previous work (cf. “Exit Earth”), which is inspired by mass followings and cults.
Content: Council Of Nine holds on to the familiar sound formula, which is mixing dark-ambient and cinematographic passages together with field recordings. The work is carried by impressive, blasting sound treatments and mysterious, humming atmospheres. The tracks get progressively darker until reaching an apex on “Day 51”.
+ + + : The work features 7 tracks and are progressively reaching their apotheosis of sonic terror. It creates a visual appeal where I get the impression to see grey clouds in the sky, which are slowly coming closer to create a real cataclysm. This is music with an apocalyptic vision, simply created by the power of sounds and noises. Olivier takes the listeners away in the obscurantism of a sect leader and has perfectly emulated a sensation of despair and paranoia.
– – – : I don’t have real minus points, but just regret that my favorite cut (cf. “Day 51”) is also the shortest one from the tracklist.
Conclusion: Council Of Nine is not only a prolific artist, but also a creative one, which has delivered a new noticeable work. I personally prefer this album to “Exit Earth”.
Best songs: “Day 51”, “Blood On Your Hands”, “Davidian”.