Miel Noir - _Der Honigflugel_
(The Eastern Front, 2009)
by: Quentin Kalis (8 out of 10)
Erstwhile Bulgarian metalhead Dimo Dimov's recent conversion to the post-industrial temple has been embraced with the zealous enthusiasm of the born agains. Apart from supporting roles in neofolk ministries Allerseelen and Sturmpercht, he has several solo projects simultaneously on the go, transforming folk-black entity Svarrogh into a neofolk undertaking while Miel Noir remains within the dark ambient genre even as it metamorphoses into a significantly different beast.

A piano symphony that veers between the sombre and the strident forms the backbone for a host industrial buzzing and samples from old Russian movies, the latter a presumed link to the conceptual inspiration provided by the classic Russian novel "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The piano is wisely allowed to be the driving force, proving an excellent counterpoint to the post-modern cacophony. The weakest point is the ending, which would have been well-suited for a dramatic finale, but finishes just like any other song, as if there were an "Act II" to follow. If nothing else, _Der Honigflugel_ is further confirmation that Dimov is developing as a musician and that his choice of church has been the correct one.

Contact: http://www.theeasternfront.org

(article published 15/6/2009)

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