April 10th, 2020 / High Roller Records
Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Reviewer: John Haseltine
When it comes to my expertise in the doom-metal genre, I will be the first to admit; the ‘expert’ part should be stricken from the record. I suppose that could translate into others as well. And with there being so many sub-genres of doom, it can also be a bit daunting to try and lump a band in the overall category as it could lead to a fan not giving a band a chance. It was something thing I did for many years with the doom metal category due to not being introduced to the right band at the start.
I will add to those comments as I have seen the light and do know the differences within the genre. A genre I have come to adore a bit more over the past few years. The shit part of that is how my collection has grown immensely with various doom-metal groups. It’s all good though. A diverse collection is an excellent collection.
This brings me to Lord Vigo. A German doom metal outfit which formed in 2014. DANSE DE NOIR is the fourth release. Be it their third full-length; it is number one for myself. DANSE DE NOIR is a well-rounded epic-doom album. And without being able to compare it to previous works, I can only hope not to do the band, or it’s fans any disservice here.
Epic it is. Lord Vigo’s music here has many ingredients that make it a great album. The album is full of not only passion filled moments of melancholic doom, but the band has an incredible knack for intertwining moments of classic, NWOBHM, as well as some passages of power metal. Lord Vigo’s DANSE DE NOIR, to me, is in a world of its own.
The tracks from first listen caught my attention as I have a thing for an original sounding band. This is what I got from Lord Vigo. The clean yet mesmerizing vocal delivery sets the mood for music. A crooning style of which I would have never guessed would work so well with the music. It could also shift it towards a gothic metal feel. A lot is going on throughout the disc. Musically, you can hear many different influences ala Manowar, Angel Witch, Candlemass, and Solitude Aeturnus to Bauhaus, Depeche Mode, and The Cure.
DANSE DE NOIR is one of those great albums that you just have to give a listen. No matter what metal genre you prefer, Lord Vigo is one of those bands, at least here they are, that checks all of the boxes. Heavy, intense, memorable, melodic, rocking, excellence. All around perfection.