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Garden of Spirits - 92%

Wilytank, July 31st, 2017

Ever changing and evolving, thy Catafalque's sophomore album Microcosmos goes to realms far beyond the already unique Sublunary Tragedies. Tamás Kátai and János Juhász not only surpass their debut in terms of quality but also make an album that's even more unearthly.

Microcosmos is a much more mellow album compared to its predecessor. Not only does the production make it sound less bombastic, but the songwriting is built more around these calmer atmospheric moments. In fact, the entirety of the metal aspects are concentrated to the first half of the album. The distorted guitars are discontinued after "Fehérlófia" save for a brief section on "Panta Rhei". That isn't to say this album is completely soft. The first six songs still feature some very strong black metal riffs. What's different' is that greater emphasis to the keys in the mix and they work splendidly. In addition, the first five tracks end with a very calm sounding outro. This is where some of the best parts of the album are incidentally. "Mirkwood Sonnet"'s outro is easily the strongest with its mixture of keys, clean guitars, and guest played violin.

Like its predecessor, Microcosmos manages to sound very natural in spite of the electronics and programmed drums. Much of this is thanks to Tamás Kátai's use of keyboards, but the cleaner sounding guitars used often in the outro bits of the album's first half also work really well with that idea. As the album continues onward, these elements become the album's driving core. "Panta Rhei" is a very strong nine and a half minute passage of foresty magic and the album's finisher "Desolatio" is a fifteen minute melancholic journey as the feeling of being alone in these woods finally settles in for good.

Microcosmos is a breathtaking listen, among the strongest in the Thy Catafalque discography. Thy Catafalque would move onward to create more unique masterwork albums, but this one will easily remain one of my favorites.