|Review: Feu Gregeois - Mortis Regnum - 2nd Circle|
|Mortis Regnum - 2nd Circle|
Label: Drakkar Productions
Year released: 2010
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: November 5, 2010
Reviewed by: Adam McAuley
for:Mortis Regnum - 2nd Circle
Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (6 Votes)
This is a relatively straightforward death metal platter, but it brings in a few bombastic elements to expand the sound. One can detect that there will be some additional thoughts from the opening intro. Feu Gregois has a war metal mentality and they maintain that throughout the release. The furious, evil nature of the music recalls the likes of Vital Remains, though this outfit doesn't quite reach the breakneck pace of that band and play more of a mid pace.
The medium speed the band play at is effective at portraying the band's nefarious nature, but they never transcend any boundaries of extremity. This makes for a relatively exciting brand of music, but it never becomes overly compelling at any point. The atmosphere that is created here is one of the highpoints of the release as a whole. This is backed up by some crunchy rhythms that carry a reasonable amount of impact, but don't draw the listener as much as would be entirely possible. The addition of symphonic elements makes the album marginally more interesting, but it still lacks an added push that would make it truly excellent.
On the whole, this album is a bit less dense than the classically influenced parts to be found might initially indicate. It is a good release, but not compelling enough to be considered truly great. Death metal fans should still find something to enjoy on this work, however. Fans of the genre that enjoy a standard style of death metal, but can appreciate some symphonic moments will like this.
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