On the fifth day of listening to “The Fallen Princess” album, I must say it’s one of the narrowest musical concepts I’ve come across lately. It’s why I chose to call it “conservative” in the title. The album is exactly what it aimed for: being traditional. The album’s general concept encompasses the most significant characteristics of death and black metal, such as raw energy, ugliness, aggressiveness, attitude, and technicality. I presume it wasn’t meant to have any beauty in it, rather keeping it narrow, real, and nostalgic. Damnationis‘ ideas fit well into this narrow concept and supported it with the 2000s/modern metal sound in its instrumentation.
The musical part of the work strikes a familiar balance between becoming too simple or too progressive. The instrumentation typically provides the main theme in each composition, with vocals just accompanying the entire journey with an iconic black metal vocal personality. He doesn’t change his attitude nor temper, doing what he does best with his recognizable black metal character in his style. His contribution to the music is quite impressive and can easily replace the vocalist of Dimmu Borgir. Technically, the album takes an orthodox approach in its design and production as well, objectively resulting in a good-sounding old-school death/black metal album with satisfying industry standards in its foundation.