PERSEFONE

(ANDORRA)

LINGUA IGNOTA: PART I

(2024)
LABEL:

NAPALM RECORDS

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE METAL

TAGS:
Growl, Low vocals, Melancholic, Technical
""Lingua Ignota: Part I" would have been very good for an average band, but it's only a good album for a band of Persefone's calibre, who had accustomed us to better things."
THIBAUTK (15.03.2024)  
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Through hard work and perseverance, Persefone from Andorra have gained recognition for their sophisticated, death-tinged music. Their well-thought-out concepts and technically music have delighted fans eager for instrumental prowess and positive energy. Their latest effort, "Metanoia", was a sublime work, bringing them a shower of well-deserved praise.

At the height of their fame, the band parted company with their historic singer (Marc Martins Pia), replaced by Daniel Rodríguez Flys of Eternal Storm. This departure seems to have precipitated the mutation towards the icy, mechanical version of Persefone carried by "Lingua Ignota: Part I", whose pared-down, abstract cover contrasts with its predecessors. This image gives an initial idea of the content of this new album, which blows hot and cold.

A wind of change is felt from the cinematic introduction, adorned with electro elements, to the surgical riffs and icy keyboards ('The Equable'). The songs are original, the variations abundant, the melodies judiciously exploited with backing vocals worthy of Queen or Yes ('Lingua Ignota'), and the clear vocals appear as a blessing when they replace their Death version. The band ventures down the path of modernity with technique pushed to the limit ('Sounds And Vessels'), sometimes to the detriment of musicality. 

Persefone have moved away from their musical origins towards a sophisticated, pared-down, concise and cold version of their art. Fortunately, the fundamentals are present: loquacious solo guitars adorned with jazzy spikes ('Lingua Ignota'), riffs as complex as they are melodic, and varied rhythms that interweave with happiness ('Abyssal Communication'). It's a pity that the ultimate 'Abyssal Communication', with its symphonic meanderings worthy of a clichéd Hollywood soundtrack, softens what could have been a grandiose finale.

The form may have evolved, but the fundamentals remain the same. The EP allows Persefone to blaze a metalcore trail, a cold work that is more demanding and more difficult to access than their previous productions. But it doesn't matter, as the band forges ahead against all odds. "Lingua Ignota: Part I" is as astonishing as it is disconcerting, and is not easily tamed.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Sounds And Vessels
02. One Word
03. The Equable
04. Lingua Ignota
05. Abyssal Communication

LINEUP:
Carlos Lozano Quintilla: Guitares
Daniel Rodríguez Flys: Chant
Filipe Baldaia: Guitares
Miguel Espinosa Ortiz: Chant / Claviers
Sergi "bobby" Verdeguer: Batterie
Tony Mestre Coy: Basse
   
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