The Soil Bleeds Black Alchemie
By Theo DeRoth
I should love this album. It fulfills most of my
criteria: The musicianship is good, the lyrics are largely inaudible, and
I am this shallow the packaging for this re-released edition is
really nice. And Im pretty keen on the middle ages. The Hobbit was
one of my favorite books when I was little. But I just cant do it. I
cant make myself like Alchemie.
As I said, it fulfills most of my (loose and unreliable)
criteria. The music is interesting and well played, with flowing melodies and
pleasantly pounding drums. Its evocative and misty in all the right ways,
and the music is well complemented by the vocals, provided alternately by the
brothers Riddick and Ms. Eugenia Wilson. The brothers multi-talented
Mark and Michael Riddick do a good job of faintly gnomish muttering, and
Ms. Wilson brings a lively, earthy flutter to the sound. The lyrics are largely
unintelligible, but this isnt a problem, and many of the tracks are
So whats not to like about the album?
Theres just too much of everything on it. The
instrumentation feels too lush. The lyrics when you can make them out
too floral. The entirety of Alchemie feels like a bouquet
thats almost ready to fall apart. This is something that seems to be a
recurring problem for the Riddick brothers their illustrations are not
without a certain over-the-top quality.
On the other hand, there are worse things than being a
little too much. While cutting back a little on the instruments and
on the production wouldnt have hurt, at least all thats there is
good. And that, my friends, is a task for a medieval warrior.
The Fossil Dungeon
Post: 43796 Tattinger Ter, Ashburn, VA 20148-3125, USA
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