Italy - Full Moon 135 - 09/26/07
Ataraxia have been going a long while and Franscesca Nicoli seems to one of the best singers in the genre.
Their latest effort is uncompromisingly somber and rich in texture. "The song of Axieros" is all spoken declarations and disembodied voices adding to the austere mood. "The Nine Rituals" is dark and vaguely classical as it describes strange goings on. "Ochram" is equally somber as an eastern mood is evoked.
Ataraxia are hardly easy fare, but for darkwave fans they might be indispensable. Their dark mastery of their art comes close to being perfect. Nicoli could sing anything and make it sound lovely.
Copyright © 2007 Anna Maria Stjärnell