Genre/Influences: Dark-ambient, ritual.
Format: Digital, CD, Vinyl.
Background/Info: Alina Antonova set up Lamia Vox in 2005. Originally based in Saint Petersburg (Russia) Lamia Vox relocated to Prague (Czech Republic). Three albums were previously released, but this opus is the first one in six years. We might speak about a conceptual work based upon the perception of our world while getting inspired by ‘early modern poetry, Hermeticism, fin-de-siècle symbolism and naturphilosophie’.
Content: The influences running through this work feel a bit like the osmosis between dark-ambient and ritual music. There’s a hostile atmosphere recovering the work, but also multiple Eastern- and mysterious like atmospheres. “Eternity” even has something Dead Can dance-like, but achieved in a darker approach. The tracks are carried by slow rhythms and spoken-, whispering like vocals.
+ + + : The album features 7 tracks and the least I can say is that there’s not one single cut to throw away. The comeback of Lamia Vox stands for an astonishing piece of music and without a shadow of doubt her best production to date. The symbiosis between the different music influences creates something enlightening. The songs also have something inhibited, like the accomplishment of a secret rite by the magic of music. There’s a non-stop succession of masterpieces, but the somewhat Dead Can Dance-like “Eternity” is a real sonic jewel.
– – – : There’s no real minus point to mention about this work.
Conclusion: Lamia Vox strikes back with what might become one of the major dark-ambient works of the year.
Best songs: “Eternity”, “I Call The Stars On High”, “Dionysos, “Song Of Destiny”, “Three Dreams”.