Bellum Esse - Review
Pilar Molina is a name well-known here on the pages of Gothic Paradise from her work with Aura Noctis
and Der Blaue Reiter
For this new project she teams up with bassist DP Rey to create an excellent mix of marshal industrial and neo-classical music. This is their debut album that spans eight of these dark and powerful selections.
The album starts of hauntingly soft and melancholy with soft piano and synths slowly building in as a backdrop to the angelic vocals. Various layers of soundscapes gradually build up to the bombastic percussion and deep heavy chorus vocals that mark the pinnacle to this spellbinding track. "Ruhig" is the name of this opening piece which is German for quiet or silence. And so we are introduced to the dark, yet beautiful sounds of Somnare
. If you were to look for a soundtrack to a vision of an epic storyline or movie, this music definitely creates that vision. Listen to this while reading a dark fantasy adventure novel or at a time when you can envision the epic battle scenes, or glorious scenes of sweeping mountains or lush forests and deep green meadows and streams. A mix of darkness and beauty, melancholy and fantasy.
We're treated with an onslaught of this mix of heavy, bombastic music mixed with soft and beautiful soundscapes throughout the album. The title track brings out the powerful bombastic percussion for most of the piece though like an epic journey, we're treated with a break from the harshness and treated with soft and glorious serene music. This up and down roller coaster of emotion, tempo and rhythms continue from one piece to another. There is plenty of variety within each track to keep the listener mesmerized and entranced. Yet through it all the album remains somewhat homogenous, so picking out absolute favorites is not an easy task, though a few pieces we've included more on our radio show include "Ruhig" with it's soft beauty, "Ego" with it's solid foundation and the appropriately titled "Passages of Melancholy" and as the album winds down with "The Sun Carved My Tears".
For fans of epic movie soundtrack music, this is the perfect band to enjoy. Also fans of neo-classical and marshal industrial will find plenty to love here.