The Final Reconciliation is a hard metal symphony of terror.
Written in an album format, The Final Reconciliation is a tale of the occult, a gypsy who is more than she seems and a hard metal band striving to hit the big time. When The Yellow Kings have the performance of their lives, there is only one survivor.
I was delighted to receive an ARC of The Final Reconciliation from Crystal Lake Publishing (link to the Crystal Lake website). This is the third book I’ve read from Crystal Lake Publishing, including Gutted Beautiful Horror Stories. Gutted was the most memorable, brutal and beautiful collection of stories from last year.
The pace and length of this novella were perfect for the tale, narrated 30 years after the tragic concert, by a journalist interviewing aging rock star Aidan Cross. The Yellow Kings are struggling to make their dreams come true when Camilla, a seductive gypsy character appears on the scene. Her introduction to them is the start of their nightmarish fate.
Friendship is key to the story, as were the changing dynamics of the group. The scenes where the band are pouring their souls into their final album are described in gory and grotesque detail.
There is dark beautiful imagery during the visions of Carcosa. The ending was both disturbing and mesmerising. The album reaches its’ crescendo with a horrifying climax.
The Final Reconciliation is a horrifying tale, which will appeal to lovers of heavy metal and horror alike.
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