Artist: Velvet Cacoon
Label: Southern Lord
Genre: Experimental Black Metal
02 P.S. Nautical
03 Avalon Polo
05 Fauna & Flora
07 Bete Noir
Here is an entry that is overflowing with the concept of Gothic beauty. The art work, the lyrics, the song titles, and even the promo sheet enclosed with the exquisitely decorated CD all take a real crack at trying to lull you into some sort of spell... Then you get the exact opposite when you hit play. If you ever come across this disc somewhere, know that it is much more than it intends to be. Some might say it is nothing relevant to its presentation, but if it gives you the idea that this is some frufru Hot Topic project, you are very mistaken.
I do not know just what makes this album experimental. I'll admit it, but most will be glad to find out that this could actually be considered RAW Black Metal because of its sound. Sure, the subject matter tells of things like romanticism, the inspiration one feels when under the influence of a classic opioid, nostalgia, etc, but you really would not be able to tell on account of the muddiness of the tracks and the fact that they are so bare, almost primal. Only the most basic instruments can be heard making a sonic mess of things, simple two to three chord guitar passages, dirty blastbeats, and vocals that almost get tossed back and around because the rest of the mix is barely contained within itself. The words to these tracks might have been conceived out of some sublime dark atmosphere and lifestyle, even the love of one man for his "muse" Angela, but he might as well be screaming about pissing on the face of Christ.
That is how the tracks come across. The sentiment of "Genevieve" is really heartfelt. A collaboration of one man and woman, it defies any expectation a person might have when looking into the conception of and creation of this album. Who knew love could be so brutal (insert editorial laugh)?