Warm & Addicting, 10 Years On,
This review is from: Aurora (Audio CD)
Diluvium: (Latin). Of, relating to, or brought about by a flood.
Great description, as this album strikes you at first as nothing special, then washes over you without warning and carries you away. You find yourself coming back to it again and again in the weeks, months and years to come, not the least because your friends keep asking you to play it.
AS to the sound, the musicianship is super-tight and the music constantly moving, each song seamlessly flowing into the next although they're traditionally separated tracks. For some of the most heart-rending and vulnerable female vocals you'll every hear in metal, reminiscent of Mortal Love's lilting singer, look no further. And truly this is the only other band they compare to. Otherwise, this album is on it's own in the metal world, one unique and complete statement. A masterpiece is was at its release ten years ago, and a masterpiece it remains, timeless to this day.
Diluvium is considered a metal band, but word of warning the music here is fairly soft, constantly moving and flowing rock. It's hard to compare this CD to anything else. (I say CD, because the band's second effort sounds absolutely nothing like this one at all). It has elements of everything bad in pop metal, and yet it's done so well as to transcend any genre and redefine what so many should sound like if they done with talent, and heart.
I can't believe nobody else has written a review of this CD, the debut effort from Serbia's (not Germany's) Diluvium. Then again, few people have probably been lucky enough to hear them. When I got it back in 1999 or so, it replaced the Cure's Disintegration as the one album perpetually sitting in my CD player. No matter who might pop by my flat, from the hottest rave girl to the hardest biker punk to my mom, I knew that 1. they had never heard Aurora, and 2. they were going to really like it. It never failed but to be intriguing to anyone and everyone who ever had the pleasure of listening to it.
I haven't said much about the music as I do in most of my reviews, because in truth it's the one CD I can say everyone will imbue with their own private, heart-felt meaning. But of all the CDs I owned in college, some 700 of them and most of them European metal and prog, this is the one single CD that everyone liked no matter what their genre: punk, metal, trance, whatever, they all tended to really love this album and request it.
And I guess that's the highest compliment one could pay to any album. Grab hold of it while it's still available, you won't be disappointed.