|Label:||Casus Belli Musica|
Ever since it's born, Aristocrazia has seen on its pages many bands quite unrelated to those Black, chaotic sounds we metalheads are supposed to prefer, but Tamerlan's case is quite unique indeed. As one could guess from its title, "Luciferian" is totally devoted to darkness, and yet it's so bright and shining within its own, deep gloom.
The Russian project, whose mastermind is the sole Timur Iskandarov, is spreading its mystical darkness since 2006 and this very last effort is totally a solid proof of his skills. Its own modern, obscure and somehow even psychedelic Folk completely fills every single moment of this forty minutes long album, creating a completely darkened atmosphere. A friend's observation made me notice that ever since the first track, "Patricide", the overall mood resembled Agalloch's one of "The Lodge" — so we could possibly consider that band as a marker to the dark side of Tamerlan's sound, which has lots of complex details. Although I don't usually listen that much to this kind of music, I have to say that "Luciferian" really struck me: something oriental in the arrangements allows the overall mixture to be easily acceptable, though it's such a psychedelic patchwork of completely acoustic music played with the Blackest intentions.
Undoubtedly characteristic of the band's sound is Timur's voice: low, warm, sometimes becoming whispered but overall rhythmical, it reminded me more than once of Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan and Clan Of Xymox's Ronny Moorings. How could such an obscure and dark Folk mixture share something with Darkwave and Occult Rock's psychedelia? How could it possibly get this close to Dark Ambient and Goth Rock without losing its own individuality? I don't really have a clue, I swear. I keep on searching for an answer but I can't really find one. Maybe the closest name to Tamerlan's mood could be Dead Can Dance… But it's not even that similar. Anyway, it's quite clear that it's because of this very mixture of genres and ideas that "Luciferian" is such a beautiful and interesting piece of work.
One more thing has to be pointed out, and it’s about the digipack format. The wonderful artwork realized by Bora Helvacioglu for the album's cover continues within the pack and, with its warm colours and the very modern and yet so close to Romantic teachings style, gives the perfect idea of how highly spiritual and yet dark is going to be the content. But the greatest surprise comes when, picking the booklet in order to read the lyrics, you don't find them there! Instead you're going to be reading some kind of prophetic inscriptions which seem to be short key-phrases linked to each song, possibly put there to better understand this whole album. So we read «Shut is the Road / That brought you Here / Mercy is to Slay» on "Patricide" page, «Sending Hatred / Forced on me / I Cleanse You / as you burn» is dedicated to "Burn In Peace"; «In the End / We walk / To the ever growing / Abyss» marks "The Beholder", whilst «In his / Eternity / I / Shine» rules the page of "Lucifer's Son".
So, I think I've pointed out enough notable characteristics off the album to persuade even the most sceptical of the listeners to give Tamerlan's a chance. Please, take my advice: allow yourselves to drift off with its acoustic guitars and relax while the perfectly controlled of the percussion marks the time and the occasional, yet indeed appreciated, flutes' inlay works paint those fantastic, dreamlike images — you won't regret that.