Released: 2009, Pulverised Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Alex ´Carpathian Wolf (aka Al’ Hazred)´, this Ukrainian guy who lives in The Netherlands nowadays, and is probably more known for his involvement as an ex-drummer of Melechesh, has finally got enough songs together for his 2nd full-length album, titled CONCORDAT. As for his debut album (REINCARNATED, released on Pulverised Records in 2006) goes, I honestly admit I do not remember much out of it (probably wasn´t that impressed by it in the first place at all? Cannot remember any longer, sorry).
CONCORDAT, brings in 8 songs from Mr. Alex ´Carpathian Wolf´, showing his love and dedication to melodic, partly even folk-ish thrash/black/heavy metal that remind me of many of those melodic Swedish black/death metal bands that released their albums through the defunct Black Sun Records during the 90s. Given that he has recorded all instruments for this ´band´ or project by himself, it must be confessed he have managed to make Conspiracy sound like a full-fledged band. Everything from the guitars to the (programmed?) drums sounds carefully done and thought out, so it´s actually very easy to enjoy his achievements on CONCORDAT, your fingers finding their way to the ´repeat´ button most often.
Even if most of the songs on CONCORDAT bring out quite a whirlwind of blackened thrash/heavy metal, Alex has been wise enough to bless this release with some diversity of the songs by recording songs like “Faith”, which is a beautiful, almost ballad type of song, in which he has obviously tried to reach something similar musically what Quorthon (that genius behind Bathory) did on the NORDLAND I and II albums (did I also notice some sort of Nick Cave-ish vibe in his vocal performance in this very tune? I guess I just did in a manner of speaking...). Then he has also recorded a nicely flowing, yet very harmonious instrumental tune for CONCORDAT (the last song on the album, titled "Last Veteran"), which leaves a great aftertaste in one´s ears as strong proof that Alex´s a great song writer. And all this leaves us with one question to be pondered: Why form a full band if you are are skilled enough to do it all alone? Conspiracy´s CONCORDAT is a great piece of proof for all that, so please by all means check it out.