Sung with pure passion is the emotionally moving metal of A Cunning Man’s “Practical Applications of Theurgy”. Everything simply works from the gorgeous mixture of classical, metal, and folk into a satisfying whole. By far the highlight of the collection are the highly articulate, poetic lyricism that adorns each of the pieces. Arrangements are immaculate presenting just the right degree of restraint and chaos in equal doses. Throughout the collection the songs play off each other creating a full-realized sound.
Wasting no time A Cunning Man dives right into the thick of it with the assault of “Honorius & The Choral Forecast”. Riffs tear across the sky. Tempos are uncontrolled delivered with true ferocity. Layer upon layer of sound come together revealing lighter colors until the finale drops out the distortion in exchange for soaring strings. Choirs enter the mix on the tortured tumult of “Cyprian & The Ambergris Geist”. Over the course of the piece the way that things slowly unfold reveal a true talent for form. Quite mysterious in its approach the song’s twists and turns are unexpected. By far the highlight of the collection is the joyful closer “Juratus & The Sulfur Psalm”. Within this singular piece A Cunning Man incorporates a celebratory spirit into the mix as the song grows in scope.
Deserving to be felt as much as heard, A Cunning Man’s “Practical Applications of Theurgy” grabs the listener by the throat and does not let go.
By – beachsloth.com