|Review: Patria - Magna Adversia|
Label: Soulseller Records
Year released: 2017
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: May 22, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Brazilian Black Metal horde, Patria, have already unleashed their sixth full-length studio outing, titled Magna Adversia, and what a fine piece of an album this truly is: pompous, ravenous and melodic Black Metal with tons of infectious atmosphere, served with a very good production. I would say that it's basically the 90s Swedish melodic Black Metal scene that has influenced these diabolic sounding Brazilian warriors, the main emphasis being on those overly catchy melody lines and different moods that Patria seem to conjure up in their songs. Majestic guitar runs tend to remind me of Mörk Gryning and especially Dissection when they involve more of those melodic nuances on the top of their tormenting riff rolls. Gladly, the band stays Dissection-melodic – and not In Flames-melodic – maintaining this certain diabolic edge to their core sound. It's also a clever move to keep their songs varied enough, structure-wise. For example, on "A Two-Way Path" they didn't speed up within the song at all but have concentrated on churning out dead limb-heavy tempos instead, making me think of a disbanded Swedish outfit, Dominion Caligula, and their only album, A New Era Rises from 2000 (on the defunct No Fashion Records). "A Two-Way Path" is also one of the clearest standout tracks; absolutely a bombastic and appealing number. Also, "Communion" reclaims a fair amount of extra points to go straight under the skin with its absolutely stunning, catchy melodies and the sinfully catchy chorus part.
It's hard to say anything negative about this record. I cannot complain about the length either, even though it reaches the 50-minute mark and perhaps the optimal length for a Black Metal album could be somewhere around 30-40 minutes. Simply get this.
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