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Review: Olc Sinnsir - The Throne of Dead Emotions
Olc Sinnsir
The Throne of Dead Emotions

Label: Adipocere Records
Year released: 2003
Duration: 40:25
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: September 18, 2003
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The Throne of Dead Emotions

Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (3 Votes)

France is definitely a hotbed for Black Metal, especially the raw, minimalistic, dirty kind. Olc Sinnsir is one of these, and don't have much to envy to their countrymates, except maybe some name recognition - but then again, bands playing this style of music are usually not too interested in being well-known to begin with. One thing I noticed right from the start is that some of the lyrics are in French, some in English, and some songs have both languages. I'm not sure what they were aiming at here - whether they just picked whichever language the words came better in, or if they simply wanted to be cute. :) I understand both languages so, I don't mind either way. The music is closer to other French bands such as Hegemon or Hirilorn than to the absolutely minimalistic, extremely raw styles of the Black Legions, for example. Slightly harsher than the sound of Hegemon, but the song structures are quite similar at times, so I think they could cater to the same crowd. For a more... "popular" comparison, one could compare this to the cleaner sounds of Darkthrone, but a few notches more refined and complex.

Olc Sinnsir present all the standard ingredients of raw Black Metal, but fail to add much of their own - although this is still very well done. The mix of French and English vocals add a little spice to the sound, but you'll have to look elsewhere if you're looking for major innovation. On the other hand, if you can't get enough of this kind of stuff, you will find something you like in "The Throne of Dead Emotions". In an overcrowded genre, what can save a band is its ability to do it right, and Olc Sinnsir do that. Recommended.

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