Medieval Soundscapes, yes indeed Le Serpent Rouge sounds medieval, but it really doesn’t sound like one of the bands I named above. Arcana is totally different. It is absolutely not related to metal. (So why did Displeased Records send it to Metalrage?) But I’m not narrow minded and won’t make a big deal about that, I like all kinds of music.
Like I said, it does not sound like the familiar medieval bands. It sure sounds medieval, but in an oriental way. When you put this record on and you close your eyes you will be transferred to the ancient orient. A great ambient is created by mystical vocals and oriental instruments like a Armenian Duduk and a Dulicmer, don’t ask me what they look like, all I can tell you is that it sounds nice on this record.
You will dream about dancers, deserts, mystical creatures and sultans. On Le Serpent Rouge are tracks which sound very friendly, but there also tracks which sound really dark and evil, like Seductive Flame.
I’m not familiar with bands like Arcana, but there is one project that sounds familiar to Arcana: Akrabu, but I don’t think any of you metalheads will know Akrabu.
It surely is great music to relax, or to play as background music. But it isn’t music to really listen to. Although I really like Le Serpent Rouge, I can’t listen to the complete album, the songs don’t differ enough. So if you don’t have money for a vacation this might be a solution. Stoners will like Le Serpent Rouge as well I think.
Stefan Eriksson – Choir and percussion
Ann-Marithim – Choir
Cecilia Bjärgö – Choir
2.Le Serpent Rouge
4.Under the Sun