Solitude Productions/Weird Truth Productions
October 15, 2020 (Remixed CD/Original 2005)
It’s been fifteen years since the Russian Doom Metal duo Intaglio released their self-titled debut album “Инталия”. And that’s how it stayed. The band only existed from 2004 to 2005. It wasn’t until 2019 that the two found each other again. In the same year the single “The Memory Of Death” was released. Last year, on the occasion of the fifteenth anniversary, the debut was remixed, mastered and one song was added. Evgeny Semenov (When Nothing Remains, Woe Unto Me, Sorrowful Land) was responsible for the remix of “Intaglio” at Slow Burn Studios. For the mastering the band chose none other than Mika Jussila (Shape Of Despair, Isole, Unholy, Moonspell) from Finnvox Studios. You can hear the result since October.
The instrumental intro “The Beginning” is dominated by plucked clean guitars. Doom-like very calm and contemplative. But already on “Dark Cherry Day” the entire brute force of sound rolls into the ears of the audience. Of course, here again with maximum slowness. The bitter growls create additional gloom and make the blood freeze. In keeping with this, the album cover shows a Russian (?) Winter landscape. The “Interlude” is also a purely instrumental work. And here, too, clean guitars largely determine the sound, but electronically amplified and tuned lower. The last two songs “Solitude” and “Wind Of Autumn” again ensure temperatures that feel well below freezing. It runs cold down your spine.
Connoisseurs and lovers of Funeral Doom will click their tongues with this work. But if you prefer it faster and harder, “Intaglio” won’t be able to do much. At least I like the album. I don’t know the original, so I can’t say how big the sound differences are. But I think the sound engineers did a great job here.
Intaglio – Intaglio (15th Anniversary Remix) (2020) Full Album Official: https://youtu.be/uNE6_jXzE2s
Evgeny Semenov – Bass, Guitars, Programming, Songwriting
Maxim Mazin – Vocals, Lyrics
The Beginning – Начало
Dark Cherry Day – Темно-вишневый день
Interlude – Интерлюдия
Solitude – Одиночество
Wind Of Autumn – Ветер Осени