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Review: Vidharr - Eclipse

Year released: 2009
Originally released in: 2008
Duration: 45:20
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: November 24, 2010
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating

Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

Hailing from Rome, Italy, Vidharr present this full-length simply called Eclipse. This is a quintet with two guitar players, who are omnipresent on this album.

What you'll hear here is pretty much straightforward, but strong, black metal music. I hesitate whether or not to call this work generic. One thing is certain, nothing new is offered to the listener. The compositions are good, without any of them having a memorable flavor. The songs are not too simple or repetitive and no intricacy is performed here. The pace is normally set to fast to pulsate those melodic lines and wickedness. The harmonious parts are found in the tremolo picking leads and occasional arpeggios. The wickedness is into the vocals of Hell-O Kabbalus, which can become pretty creepy, even sick, such as in "Subverto". Then you have a bit of those moderate moments on many tracks as well as good crushing guitar riffs. The material was given a proper sound production, so it remains pleasant to listen all along. I enjoyed the introductory epic instrumental "Syzygta" and I should put in a good word for "Doomsday Event" and "Cold Sickness".

Check out Vidharr out on Myspace to find out if you're into their take on black metal music.

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