|Review: Im Nebel - Vitriol|
Label: Haarbn Productions
Year released: 2008
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: January 7, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (2 Votes)
I happen to be a privileged writer, with contacts with distant labels/distros like Haarbn Productions. This way I can have access, and the opportunity to listen to and review the work of artists I would not be able to cover otherwise.
Im Nebel is a Progressive Black Metal act hailing from Georgia. On board you have five members, including a female keyboardist, and at least a few classically trained musicians. I would believe so anyways, especially in the case of Michael Lenz (guitars and clean vocals). Not only does he play guitar well, even classical ones, but he's got an operatic type of voice too. . Vitriol appears to be a conceptual album, not based on Satanic/epic premises, but rather on the mystical/esoteric side. This inspiration is omnipresent on the artwork found in the booklet, as well as on the CD itself. Good kicking progressive darkness with intricate time signatures, variation in tempos and vocals, flavored with crafty guitar parts plus symphonic keyboards and piano. Vitriol is a pleasant album which can be on the furious Black Metal mode one moment, then calming down with classical guitars the next minute, only to become a more twisted blend of intricate guitar work and insane drumming at the following curve. There are no bad compositions on this album. Some are just better, such as: "Faded Mankind", "Zeilgeist" and "Unbeliever's Script".
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