April 20, 2022

The quite brilliant Brazilian melodic death metal band Semblant now returns with album number four and, usually, this is a genre that is not for me but I found the last album, Obscura, to be a work of real genius.

The group was formed in 2006 in Curitiba by singer Sergio Mazul and keyboard player J. Augusto and they were drawn together by their love for dark metal. The band has most certainly gone through a whole range of musicians to arrive at the line-up they have today with Mizuho Lin and Sergio Mazul on vocals, Juliano Ribeiro on guitar, J Augusto on keyboards, Johann Piper on bass and Welyntom Sikora on drums. Sergio Mazul offers the dark vocals and occasional growls and the pleasing matter is that his vocals always stay on the melodic side so they are still deep and dark but it is most obvious that he has a great singing voice. I am generally not a fan of dark or guttural vocals but Mazul seems to be something of an exception for me which I think is mainly due to the fact that his vocals are still melodic and he refrains for being too harsh. Mizuho Lin is the light and beautiful contrast to Mazul with her sweet, clear and soaring voice that puts her definitely in the company of those sirens Sharon den Adel, Charlotte Wessels, Anneke van Giersbergen, Tarja Turunen and Floor Jansen. All of these amazing singers bring different qualities to their individual bands but all are genuine game changers with their stunning voices. Mazul and Lin work perfectly in combination and the contrast between them works so well giving a real symbiosis between them.

The songs are incredibly rich and textured with the band bring each track to life with amazing power and precision. Juliano Ribeiro is simply stunning on guitar and his riffs and solos definitely drive the music and his mastery and sense of timing allows the twin vocalists to add new dimensions to their music with their perfect and contrasting harmonies. The keyboards allow for a softer and melodic soundscape from the band even though the drums and bass are nothing short of earth shattering.

The album follows on perfectly from the wonderful Obscura from 2020 with the band building on what went before to produce a really classic album of death metal meets progressive metal that is simply awesome in scope and delivery with passages that are intense, dark, soaring and lifting. The songs are nearly all in the four to six minute mark and all have that special, epic feel but they close the album with the 10-minute track Day One Oblivion which proves that this band is the real deal and one to check out immediately.

Semblant is a group that is going to be with us for a very long time and if they continue to progress and develop at the rate then the sky is the limit, a must have album.

Vermilion Eclipse

  1. Enrage (4:49)
  2. Destiny In Curse (4:03)
  3. Purified (4:33)
  4. The Human Eclipse (4:09)
  5. Somber Concern (4:51)
  6. The Neverending Fall (4:40)
  7. Through The Denial (4:51)
  8. Black Sun Genesis (Legacy Of Blood Pt.VI) (5:40)
  9. Heretic (5:25)
  10. Bloodred Monarch (Legacy Of Blood Pt.VII) (3:27)
  11. Gaslighting (4:27)
  12. Day One Oblivion (9:59)