Deviating from one's identity is riskier than a soul transplant: everything changes, the future is uncertain, and the present can become either grand or dreadful. Conspiracy is a mammoth contributor of some deeply interesting black metal on a lot of levels; "Irremediable," however, shifts to a new frontier almost too preternatural for even Conspiracy. The album makes for a sophisticated listen as Conspiracy alone is quite enthralling, yet the idol's shift from loud, crashing fun to an anemic choir of lightless vampirism laced in orchestration and keyboards provides something completely magnetic, albeit seemingly faulted. "Irremediable" is, at least from I've experienced, a massive shift from Conspiracy's woven paradigm for better or for worse.
"Irremediable" is quite a far shot from what "Concordat," Conspiracy's second album, embodies, but it's clear Carpathian Wolf wanted a new direction for his music, and that was certainly what he got. A lot of the heavy metal/hard rock influence was swapped for orchestration, keyboards, longer songs, and a lot vocal experimenting, such as falsetto ala King Diamond, which results in a riff-based prowl loaded on atmosphere and stealthy darkness instead of full frontal violence. Surprisingly, Conspiracy repelled from too much keyboards or orchestration, instead focusing on slicing tremolo riffs, ripping thrash touches, percussion that sounds like an army, and ravenous shrieking; ironically, the mixture of said-qualities turns incredibly enjoyable almost immediately. There are those unavoidable moments when everything backfires miserably, however: something like "Black Mass" is a cacophonic mess of keys, rasps, tedious riffs and orchestration seemingly glued together in some strange, tepid postulate that really gives "Irremediable" a poor foundation to work on.
But you know, journeys on such a path seldom result in treasure, yet the gods were clearly in the Wolf's favor. The overall melting pot appears quite excellent after the listener is given a chance to digest everything, which isn't easy because "Irremediable" really is an outlandish listen, but it certainly pays off. One of the major strengths of "Irremediable" and a core trait of Conspiracy's music is Karpatius' soloing and leads, which are so brilliantly written and fitting that he could make the dullest piece of dung in the world sound magnificent with a little finger flexing; few shredders are as talented and creative as he is. The various vocal forms, too, bring a lot of substance and color to tracks that otherwise might appear a bit dire.
Many of the tunes are stellar: "Bukovina" and the title track sound like lost King Diamond/Mercyful Fate songs, "Nocturnal Hunters" soars with massive instrumentation, and "Armageddon Broke" strikes the heart of black metal flawlessly. A lot of "Irremediable" simply cashes in on atypical experiments, such as falsetto vocals, orchestration, and other qualities different from what "Condordat" exploited, yet aren't the band's focal points. It's not the greatest record ever made, but certainly an experience to check out if you like the band or desire something new.