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From its very title, Cantata Sanguiís On Rituals and Correspondence in Constructed Realities heralds an album that will be big on pomp and small on meaning.
The music confirms this. The style is gothic / cyber / industrial metal with mostly female clean vocals, with some swamp-monster growls providing some backup. The drums sound plastic, and the singer has an ever-present minor flangy effect on her voice. Cantata Sangui likes to promote how they have no guitars (with two bass guitars instead). But you might not necessarily notice, as what comes out the most are the keyboards, the loud, fake sounding drums, and the effected vocals. The production feels cold, but not the good kind of cold, but the synthetic, sterile, lifeless kind; then again, people have liked bands such as Coil...
The real problem is the feeling of coldness is that Cantata Sanguiís songs are simplistic, but unlike a great pop song, it leaves you cold and wanting. The irony at work here is the presentation of the album fronts a hifalutin concept and image, but the songs are shallow and hollow. Itís listenable, but there is no food for any part of the soul to be found here. (4/10)
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