Bauda - Euphoria…of Flesh, Men and the Great Escape
A Sad Sadness Song
8 songs (59'13'')
Release year: 2012
Reviewed by Jared

Calling Bauda’s sophomore album Euphora…of Flesh, Men and the Great Escape a single and solid genre, may be an extremely hard thing to come to a conclusion with. The project was created by Cesar Marquez, who is an architect by profession peculiarly enough. His project consists of guest musicians and upon listening, the latest album is made up of all sorts of shades of music, ranging from a more post-rock sound mixed with folk and dark atmospheric landscapes.

No doubt this is a very strange album for me to come across. This is not something I think most average metal heads will come to embrace very easily due to its rock oriented nature. Being on the more extreme side of metal and music myself, this actually was something I found to enjoy. The album opens with Ghosts of Phantalassa which starts on an atmospheric and spectral ride. The ringing of the guitars creates an obscure music box sound and clashes greatly with the clean vocals that are beautifully placed.

Humanimals has a more rock start than previous. Its punk style approach didn't immediately catch my ears’ attention. Luckily an atmospheric essence takes over the track shortly after the start. The song gets harder rocking after the transcendental and folk moments pass, and makes way for some serious and solid jamming once the song reaches its end.

The album tends to rise and fall with many of its lengthy tracks. Oceania is a bit of a roller coaster of a ride. A kind of strange happiness sets the tone for the beginning portion of this well executed track. The song stumbles onto a bit of a darker path at the half-way point, but it never once feels disorganized in how it flows from all the different ideas and moods it will throw at you.

An absolutely gorgeous sounding acoustic track, Crepuscular, really steals the show towards the album’s end. The vocals hinted to sound a bit along the lines of an Agalloch influence. It’s a shorter track than most, but its tranquil and lovely song writing really had the strong ability to stick with me.

Bauda’s sophomore album didn't strike me as something that I would end up enjoying at first listen. However, the dark and atmospheric paths it takes at times, and the complexity of the song writing (even though it may sound rock rather than metal focused), I came to thoroughly enjoy this strange yet beautiful work of music.

Killing Songs :
Ghosts of Phantalassa, Humanimals, Oceania, Crepuscular
Jared quoted 75 / 100
Other albums by Bauda that we have reviewed:
Bauda - Sporelights reviewed by Alex and quoted 79 / 100
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