Tragedy In Hope – Sleep Paralysis
Other tracks like ‘The Celebration Of Despair And Woe’ are more the standard black metal fare, and this is where listeners will pick up the (older) Cradle Of Filth elements with the way the vocals are delivered and the way the riffs are structured. One can even hear some Hecate Enthroned in there. The symphonic elements are fleshed out more on a track like ‘Fighting With The Rain’ as Giller goes much more symphonic heavy on the keyboards, but still stays away from the ‘cheesy’ side of black metal as much as he can while trying to make the music sound a beautiful as possible. ‘Winter Wedding Ceremony’ is probably the most interesting but also weakest track simply for the use of the female vocal samples. While they contrast well together, certain sections seem a bit over dramatic and over played that they blow way past their effectiveness. Other tracks like ‘Nightmare Lullaby’ are much more effective at delivering the dramatic notes with the creepy keyboard lines and the switch between spoken word and black metal shrieks.
The artists even tries to touch on the heavy metal genre with some more straightforward metal riffs on a track like ‘Sleep Paralysis’ which breaks up the Cradle Of Filth laden structure and adds more death to the music, but this is short lived as the track delves back more into the symphonic black metal riffs quickly, but sprout up here and there up to the end. Overall, the presentation here is great and an interesting take on the genre once the album closes. Giller does an impressive job at his take on a symphonic black metal which tends to be laughed at (unfairly) by critics who feel black metal should be raw and uncompromising versus grandiose and beautified. Certainly, those who enjoy “Cruelty And The Beast” era Cradle Of Filth are going to love this for the faster, raw overtones with just touches of the symphonic bits, and the one fact one person does everything should impress right off the bat. Tragedy In Hope’s black metal is touching yet terrifying and certainly worth checking out for those who like a an unorthodox take on the genre without feeling like it is ridiculing itself.
3.5 / 5 STARS