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Lord Vigo: Danse De Noir
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Lord Vigo: Danse De Noir

Epic Heavy Doom Metal
3.5/5.0

Taking their band name from Ghostbusters II character Lord Vigo von Homburg Deutschendorf, Lord Vigo arrived on the German metal scene in 2014 to offer their version of epic doom metal ala Candlemass and Pentagram. After a brief demo, two studio albums followed consecutively in 2017 and 2018. Now, with Danse De Noir, steps out of their comfort zone to offer a concept album. Briefly, the story revolves around a replicant, Nihlai, from the Blade Runner universe who is awakening to implanted memories which are not her own experiences. This comes to the attention of pursuing Blade Runners, wherein the Solar Saviours attempt to save her.

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Lord Vigo then expresses the story through their traditional epic doom metal. Which is to say the music within the album is wrapped largely in dense riffage, rhythm section heaviness, expansive, nearly choral, vocals, and a plodding pace. If there is any liveliness within the song composition, it comes with grand and classic guitar solos, which are often accompanied by a brisker pace. Particular examples would include Danse De Noir, The Verge Of Time, and Momento Mori. Interspersed within songs and segues are spoken moments which share Nihlai's implanted memories. Actually there are some exceptions to the aforementioned formula. The shorter Between Despair And Ecstasy turns on a faster melodic hard rock motif with strong guitar lines. After an intro with acoustic and electric guitar and voice, As Silence Grows Old jumps into something like doom power metal, with speed juxtaposed with dense plodding.

All said, if you enjoy dense and heavy, epic doom metal with some solid and strong guitar work, you will enjoy Lord Vigo's Danse De Noir. Recommended for fans of the band and genre (or those exploring either one).



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The Bottom Line

If you enjoy dense and heavy, epic doom metal with some solid and strong guitar work, you will enjoy Lord Vigo's Danse De Noir. Recommended for fans of the band and genre (or those exploring either one).

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