Ywolf - _Trilogy of the Night_
(Oaken Shield / Adipocere, 2002)
by: Quentin Kalis (7 out of 10)
Hungarian Gabriel Wolf is not only the driving force behind Finnugor but is also responsible for Ywolf -- and the workaholic is involved in at least two more bands. (He may be recognised by readers for his passable remix of "Painting My Horror" for Arcturus' _Disguised Masters_ remix CD.) Unsurprisingly, this does sound quite a lot like Finnugor, despite the lack of any traditional rock instruments: this CD is comprised entirely of vocals, synths and various classical instruments. This is a more restrained project then Finnugor, focusing even more on the creation of dark ethereal atmospheres. Vocals are quite varied, ranging from an ineffective distorted scream to the same gothic vocals utilized by Finnugor, as well as some eerily beautiful female vocals. The end result is a rather beautiful and evocative album that is not nearly as painful to listen to as Finnugor, despite the fact that they share the same omnipresent goth sensibility. It is impossible to know if this is a truly original release, as my exposure to goth -- or even goth-influenced music -- is limited. Whatever the case may be, this is an interesting release that deserves at least a listen.

(article published 16/4/2003)

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