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iVardensphere, Fable (Metropolis Records)




iVardensphere, Fable (Metropolis Records)
Cd Reviews: March 19, 2015

03/19/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



iVardensphere, Fable (Metropolis Records)

Fifth proper album from Canadian lone-wolf goth-electronicist Scott Fox and his cronies. I know I’d sort-of self-imposed a moratorium on this kind of stuff a while back, but the word “trance” popped up in the promo materials so often that I couldn’t resist — maybe it was a goth Tiesto, I hoped, stupidly. After a too-long intro and a rote but circuit-bent power-crunch grumble-along (“Stygian”) that had me at least hoping for something resembling Die Form’s fetish-noise, things get somewhat interesting upon “The Woodsman and the Serpent,” which, with its soaring synths, opera-soprano kibitzing and Middle Eastern sitar, automatically brings to mind Delerium’s better moments. Okay, at least a passable Delerium-wannabe’s best moments — there’s just not enough counterpoint going on for me to imagine 50,000 black-dressed kids in Germany spazzing out to this. It’s cool, yes, but not cool enough to picture Sarah McLachlan donating a few vocal lines to this stuff like she did with Delerium. Nothing to see here, really, even if it’s much better than 95 percent of the goth-club pack. B- — Eric W. Saeger





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