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Go to the Miasma & The Carousel Of Headless Horses website  Miasma & The Carousel Of Headless Horses - Perils [Mimicry - 2005]

Angelo Badalamenti, Astor Piazzolla, Goblin, Art Bears, Burzum, Tom Waits, Antioch Arrow, King Crimson, Bach and Univers Zero are among their influences, claim Miasma & The Carousel Headless Horses from the UK. Their Myspace page lists even more bands they like.

Funny thing is, the first two bands that come to my mind listening to their debut Perils are Devil Doll and Estradasphere and those are not among the many artists mentioned. Over the 45 minutes of this CD we’re taken through through the perils of the alchemical stages. With instrumental music it can be rather tough to tell a story and ‘multi-genre’ seems the inevitable step.

We start our journey with the organ of the Blackening: Crows Templar to allude spiritual death. After a silence things slowly build into a bolero-like rhythm of The Mage, who takes us into the realms of the invisible. The quintet uses everything they can lay their hands on to convey atmospheres of black and white horror movies (The Optician), strange occult rituals (Asmodius Arise) and mysterious gypsy festivals (Gypsy Funeral…). It’s all well-done and pretty entertaining, but there’s no real danger here. With the closing Ourobouros: Phoenix Rising you simply don’t feel like you’ve made a perilous full circle at all.

I’m quite used to instrumental music, but I feel Miasma could use some vocals... or something. Maybe I’m just searching for what it is exactly that I miss in this musical picture. There’s enough variation as you might have gathered by now, but somehow it doesn’t seem to get off the ground. The elements are all there but it just refuses to become real gold anywhere.

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