Monday, 9 July 2018
Ancient Oak Consort - Hate War Love (2018)
The debut album from this Italian band.
The band is a duo with Stefano Ruscica on drums and Andrea Vaccarella on guitars.
They had help from guest musicians who provided bass, flutes, male and female vocals.
I have never heard about this band before. But there is a lot of new projects and bands coming out of Italy all the time. This is one of them.
The band has described their music as progressive rock. Well, it is not Rock Progressive Italiano (RPI). Neither is it symphonic prog. I doubt it is progressive rock at all.
The music is goth folk rock. That is the label I feel suits this album best.
There is plenty of female vocals here and some chugging metal guitars. There are also some more goth pastoral pieces. But not any progressive rock.
The music feels a bit cold and not so warm. A bit distant and detached. Gothic.
The duo and the vocalists does a good job on this seventeen songs, one hour long album. Songs which is not that interesting or any good.
This is a decent album and those into goth should check it out. I have some reservations...