'Behind this new project signed on Prikosnovénie is hiding Ann-Mari Thim who’s better known as the singer of Arcana and Seventh Harmonic. Ann-Mari Thim set up this new project, which is more reflecting her own style and influences. Being signed on Prikosnovénie we might logically expect a new ethereal production. There for sure is a strong and noticeable ethereal influence in the music of Angelic Foe, but there’s much more than that.
The timbre of voice of Ann-Mari Thim remains a heavenly experience mixing some imaginary Nordic coldness together with a classically trained soprano voice. Thim has a very mysterious way of singing, which creates a kind of sacred union with the music. The songs were written with different guest musicians while Thim’s lyrics explore tales of pantheons and demon worlds. We’re entering a world of mystery and darkness and that’s rather a surprise if you know the Pro-Priskosnovénie roster. Angelic Foe will take us for a mystic voyage of 9 songs and the least I can say is that the debut is amazing.
“Come Forth” and especially “Ardent Lily” both are magical pieces. It sounds a bit like a soundtrack built up to bring Thim’s vocals into the light and her performance is close to perfection on “Ardent Lily”. A few songs feature surprising tribal and even martial elements. “Come forth” is one of them, but “The Charmer” is a better example in the genre.
The album progressively moves towards wafting passages, which could be used for a soundtrack. “Senoy, Sansenoy, Semangelof” is a very poignant song illustrating this strong visual appeal. The darkness of the composition comes through on “The Serpent And Samael”. Another surprising cut is the more orchestral-like “Out Lilith”. This track serves as a perfect teaser to the great “Crime Of Passion”. This song is again something different and definitely the most dreamy and emotional cut. The last song coming up (cf. “Daughter Of Fortitude”) is a dreamy and sensual sounding apotheosis on which Ann-Mari Thim whispers and sings in a half-spoken way.
The diversity for sure is one of the main characteristics and main forces of this release. The beautiful voice and grace of the singer comes in addition to the music. You really have to discover it by yourself, but all the projects this artist has been involved in are simply great. '