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Valentin Narvaez

The Lycanthrope

Review by Eric Meli

Valentin Narvaez is a very talented artist who has put together a well played and produced CD. It is full of haunting images that leave me wanting to hear more of his work.

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Track by Track Review
Qualia
The CD’s opener is an instrumental that sets the tone for the rest to come. My only complaint is that the song is too short.
The Lycanthrope
It sounds to me like this song is about comparing a playboy breaking hearts to a werewolf devouring its prey.
Irukinandji
This is a beautiful song about the pain a woman can bring upon someone.
The Succubus (a dark romance)
A seductive rhythm gives this cut a sense of urgency that draws you into its depths.
The Modern Promethesus
You can hear a Depeche Mode influence on this track about trying to play god.
The Devil's Garden
This is a haunting instrumental number.
Regan MacNeil
The playing and vocals remind me of a band called “the Jesus and the Mary Chain” on this piece. For those who can’t place it, the title is the name of the possessed girl in The Exorcist.
Chemical Winter
A dark song, this seems like Narvaez is using the term “Chemical Winter” as a metaphor for loneliness.
Assenzio
Hypnotic acoustic guitar and an ethereal voice on this track, work to create a relaxed, “stoned” feeling to it.
The Leviathan
There is an almost psychedelic era Beatles sound to this track.

Vampires
Romanticizing the vampire, this one will almost make you feel like you’d like to be one of those undead creatures.
The Revernant
An eerie beginning draws you in to this song, but it leaves you hanging with its abrupt ending.
Mary's Room
The disc’s closing track is a instrumental with a haunting gothic sound.

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