|Review: Nyseius - Militiae|
Label: Aeternitas Tenebrarum Music Foundation
Year released: 2010
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: March 28, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Nyseius are a new band about whom I could find very little information. They are a part of the awesome French BM scene, and so I had high expectations. An underground that includes such luminaries as Himminbjorg, Nehemah, and Belenos sets a high standard. With long songs I was hoping for something with the touch of the epic to it, and it must be admitted that Nyseius try very hard at this, they just do not have songwriting ideas that measure up to their ambitions for same.
This album is pretty much the same kinds of stuff you and I have heard a thousand times, only longer in an effort to make it sound 'epic'. The guitar sound is the first thing you notice, as it is a smooth, unimpressive tone that does nothing to grab the listener. The drums are well-played and produced, but are given nothing really interesting to do. The riffs are tired and repeat too much for their level of quality, and the vocals are an egregiously multi-tracked rasp with little distinction. Overall this is an album that sounds stale right out of the gate, and never manages to generate any interest. This is just another Black Metal album, no worse than most but no better either.
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