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MÄRCHENBILDER

Flickering Truth

(Independent)

Reviewed by : Kelley Simms
Rating : 7.5

Montréal-based symphonic metal band MÄRCHENBILDER blend operatic vocals with ominous orchestral arrangements and heavy metal chugging. The female-fronted French Canadians’ sound is borrowed from worldly German composers of the 19th century and it’s easy to hear the brooding authenticity in Märchenbilder’s musical movements. Elements of THERION, EPICA and NIGHTWISH are also present, as are the odd time signatures and quirky musical passages reminiscent of STOLEN BABIES. The drumming of Yanic Bercier (ex-QUO VADIS) is technical and exhilarating, often propelling the rhythms with some fantastic double bass fury. The guitars comfortably stay in the background and add texture, which compliments the band’s dramatic symphonic passages. This allows more space for some wicked violin solos, most notably on ‘Follow The Trail Of Fear’ and ‘Märchenbilder.’ The operatic vocals of Julie Bélanger Roy can be unusual and unsettling at first as her words often mimic the odd time signatures of the rhythm section, sometimes making it hard to connect phrases and verses together so that they flow more comfortably. However, she also utilizes a more melodic and cleaner soprano style on songs ’Tel’aran’rhiod’ and ‘Follow the Trail of Fear.’ A Celtic/folky element runs through songs ‘Premonition’ and ‘Elegy.’ With 12 tracks (two short instrumentals), Märchenbilder create innovative passages that are challenging and technical. It’s a surprising piece of music that will appeal to open-minded music fans that enjoy heavy dynamics and brooding atmospheres.



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