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The Fifth Alliance: Death Poems

Album Review

Beautiful and barbarous verses from the Netherlands

Whereas their 2013 debut Unrevealed Secrets Of Ruin opted for shorter, harsher statements, the four overtures on Death Poems give The Fifth Alliance’s ideas more time to evolve into some truly captivating moments.

 Going from the ethereal chimes and Silvia Berger’s hypnotic vocals, 11-minute-long opener Your Abyss gradually builds to a windswept canvas of dissonant harmonies, melancholic textures and tortured screams before being swallowed into the earth through drawn-out riffs and Ashwin Marapengopie’s propulsive drumming. 

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