Band : Vielikan
Release : A Trapped Way For Wisdom
Year : 2010
Country : Tunisia
Genre : Progressive Death Metal
Label : Independent
Note : 17.5/20
01.The Beginning of all Remorse
02.A Shelter of Flesh in the Void
05.A Vertiginous Fall
06.A Trapped Way for Wisdom
Vielikan have established themselves as one of the most important local bands in Tunisia. Their first EP, Emotional Void, was an incredible release that was well received by fans inside and outside the country alike. The eyes were set on this full-length to see if they would be able to surpass their first effort.
The music is reminiscent of the artwork: dark and gloomy with only small rays of light finding their way in. It's a ride to a nearly impenetrable place where various kinds of negative emotions are evoked. And when taking a look at the lyrics, it can be understood that the place in question is the human soul itself. A not so bright one, I might add, where the music successfully depicts the idea of the conflict between reason and emotion, the main theme behind the album.
The suffocating mood that reigns over this release is conveyed through long and highly diverse mid-tempo tracks, where a multitude of ominous guitar melodies pop up from time to time. The nightmarish feelings they give are similar to what Esoteric have done with their Metamorphogenesis album. It's like listening to, or better yet living the tribulations of someone on the brink of insanity.
While the root of the music at hand is Death Metal, the numerous influences help the listener to stay focused and not get bored while going through the somewhat long duration of this release and its tracks. Black Metal, Doom Metal, Jazz and East-European Folk music all contribute, in their way, in enriching the overall sound, without straying from the original path, where the core is based on relentless, crushing riffs full of aggression that are inspired by the likes of Morbid Angel, Opeth and Gojira.
The vocals greatly help in this department. While the usual growls are prevalent through most of the one-hour duration of this album, the slight variations that come from time to time are a considerable plus: black metal shrieks, grindcore-like gutturals, growls of extreme anger, clean vocals, whispers... Fedor, the guitarist/vocalist has a wide range of well-mastered styles that are put to great use!
With this release Vielikan have successfully stepped up. It's a shame to know that they're still looking for a record label though, especially when bearing in mind the fact that this album is not yet available outside of the country.