OF MELCHIZEDEK: AND THEN, AS DEATH GIVES WAY TO VICTORY, I'LL SEE THE LIGHTS
OF GLORY AND I'LL KNOW HE LIVES
CDR: Ambimorpheous Recordings AR005 
Death Gives Way To Victory...
Golgotha, 1st Movement
Feast of Flesh and Blood
Golgotha, 2nd Movement
Hope Left To Die
Distant Promise (Everlasting Life Mix)
The End of The Physical
Distant Promise (Original Version)
Lessons of Faith
Transcendent of The Flesh
age old fear that has haunted man for centuries is celebrated through
this second release by Darin M Sullivan (Order of Melchizedek). The big
‘D’. Death. The total end of a persons existence or merely
the beginning of a bigger journey… depending on your faith and beliefs.
A subject that has been written and sung about since communication first
came into being. If you’ve ever seen a National Geographic magazine
you’ll have seen paint daubed on cave walls by primitive man celebrating
/ fearing this final demise. Not exactly a bundle of laughs then for a
subject but one which, as we all advance in years, we know will eventually
occur. When I was in my early twenties I felt immortal. Now nearing my
fifties it’s a subject that I reflect on more and more. Fuck!! I’m
getting depressed just writing this stuff.
Following on from the excellent, minus the religious piffle, that was
"Domine Ex Audi Vocem Meam Domine" [read
review here], "As death gives way to victory" studies the
concept of death, dying and the shredding of the physical cell that traps
our soul. If you believe in such stuff. Dedicated to the memory of three
departed people that had an impact on the artist this is a 12 track release
that attempts, through a mixture of melancholy melodic passages and disturbing
experimental dark ambience, to show that the big ‘D’ is nothing
to fear. That final release, although coming with a price, doesn’t
have to be the end. Or have I read into this all wrong? Hard to say. I’m
trying to understand it through the artists point of view which goes against
every grain in my body. In being subjective maybe it’s gone way
over my head. As you would expect from such an ambitious and serious imagining
the music is very haunting and ethereal crossed with terrifying fear inducing
moments. The use of drum rolls in parts sounds akin to a heart pumping
out the life’s blood for the very last time. A funeral dirge effect
prevails, with even the lighter moments tinged with sadness, with the
darker ambience reflecting our deepest innermost fears.
All in all a very personal and thought provoking release that has so much
going for it. A touch frothy in places (no bad thing as it so happens)
with enough black passages to appeal to the more morbid ones amongst you.
Perhaps, due to the subject matter, this won’t appeal to everyone’s
tastes but to those of us at a certain age it strikes a chord which we
don’t want to confront. Reality is a bitch. Don’t fear the
reaper. I’d rather not meet the fucker in the first place thank
you very much. Listening to "As death gives way to victory"
only strengthens that view. Partner it with "Serenade for the Dead"
by Leaether Strip, a lesser release by a mile, and you have a frightening
musical vision of the ultimate end.
Melchizedek: [Domine, Ex Audi Vocem
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