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Review: Hesperia - Roma, Vol. II
Roma, Vol. II

Label: Hidden Marly Production
Year released: 2021
Duration: 54:46
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: October 7, 2021
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)

This is a one-man band that has been at this for more than two decades, producing atmospheric Pagan Black Metal in multi-part epics all centered on ancient Rome—which since the guy is from Italy is actually something that makes sense for once. This is the seventh full-length album the project has produced in the last eighteen years. The only other album by this band I have is In Honorem Herois from way back in 2008, which I remember I liked.

As you might expect, here you get almost an hour of very, very epic Black Metal, with long melodic interludes and chanted or intoned vocals mixed in with the straight-ahead Bathory worship and harsh rasps—all in Latin, of course. This presents a highly varied sound, from harsh to melodic to clean to acoustic and back to heavy, but it all shows a real understanding of composition, as it never sounds disjointed or confused. Overall, this is a big, expansive album that will sweep you up and provide the proper background music for imperial conquest.

Additional Information

Vinyl edition on Doc-Records in 2022.

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