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Ancient VVisdom

A Godlike Inferno

(Shinebox; US: 7 Jun 2011; UK: 22 Aug 2011)

These days, in the world of gothic/doom rock and metal, most bands are all about getting more progressive, more intricate, and more complicated, in order to stay relevant. With such a philosophy, it’s easy to forget that simplicity can be the best policy. Texas-based group Ancient VVisdom is one of the few bands sticking with the basics, and it works well for them. Their debut album A Godlike Inferno has the same dark atmosphere of newer Paradise Lost, but without any of the frills that other gothic/doom bands throw into their music. Their no-nonsense gothic rock is short and to the point, making it much easier to get hooked into the music. Hopefully, Ancient VVisdom will be able to influence other bands to try a less complex gothic sound.

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Chris Colgan is a metal enthusiast, former DJ at WSOU-FM, and avid music fan. He regularly writes reviews, commentary, and recaps on all things in the metal scene, be they mainstream or underground. He contributes a weekly column called "New & Noteworthy" to MetalInsider.net, detailing the new releases in hard rock and heavy metal.


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Where A Godlike Inferno evoked images of being hunkered around a blazing bonfire, deep in contemplation and veneration, Ancient VVisdom’s second album and first for Prosthetic, Deathlike, is slightly more exultant.
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