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Comando Suzie and Ô Paradis have been collaborating together for many years. A world of influence, friendship and mutual respect has made Raúl López more than another name in Ô Paradis. Most any live performance counts with his inestimable help, while Raúl's seemingly more post rock and Spanish post-dictatorship crooner baggage has mingled with Demian's personal vision on Mediterranean experimental folk.
Abstract orchestral tune-up finds synchronicity in congeries of sound, where vibraphone becomes gloss-chic, patter of cans sinuously drums out dance rhythms, Demian’s crushed lyrics with their smoothed sibilance and croon, a child’s distorted music box – or should that rather be distorted child’s music box.
Combing elements of folk, rock and experimental music O Paradis deliver a very concentrated dose of dark Mediterranean surrealist folk music that captures elusive elements of numerous dissected genres and reassembles these elements into grandiose songs filled with the monstrous beauty of the artist’s tortured souls.
Demian, a native of Spain, is the founder and leader of O Paradis and as the years have gently slipped by his experiments in neofolk music have grown more unusual. Moving ever further away from straight neofolk song arrangements Demian has redefined the sound of O Paradis from the early Mediterranean inspired love ballads to the current experimentally infused folk compositions that strain the boundaries of conventional music and challenge the listener’s concepts of music and art.
How to define the music Ô Paradis brings us? A sweet combination of postindustrial percussion, folk, deconstruction and melodies. Songs that are always carried by the lyrics, the voice and imagination. You don't need to understand Spanish to become immersed in violent machinery, base lines, luminous guitars, shimmering sounds and distant samples.
O Paradis is a unique Neo-Folk act that hails from Spain. Their most recent album "Serpiente de Luna, Serpiente de Sol" sees the band matured into Neo-Folk masters as they continue to give their own unique Mediterranean spin to the neo-folk genre.
Their style mixes subtle electro with clean, guitar-driven medieval music in the vein of a watered-down Qntal, each song being led my an intermingling of male and female voices which lend the songs an edge of Gregorian chant.
If O Quam Tristis simply regurgitated a handful of medieval liturgical songs I would not be writing this review right now. What makes the music of O Quam Tristis inspiring and engaging is the band reworking of original medieval material. Utilizing modern technology and their own unique creative sensibilities O Quam Tristis transforms the dated material they use for inspiration into modern compositions filled with new life and vitality. From the ashes of the past the band is able to coax forth fiery and festive compositions created from a melding of modern and medieval influences.
Oakenshield's approach to folk metal is primarily on the viking side of lore, focusing on Norse Mythology in a surprisingly straight-forward manner. With song-titled like “The Aesir,” “Fenris,” and “Valhalla”, its is inevitably clear that each song focuses on a clear subject matter.