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Review: Cauchemar - Rosa Mystica
Rosa Mystica

Label: Temple of Mystery Records
Year released: 2022
Duration: 39:56
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy/Doom


Review online: April 16, 2022
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)

Rosa Mystica is the third full-length album from Canada's old-school metal worshippers, Cauchemar. As with their previous albums, Rosa Mystica contains a great mix of doom, traditional and proto-metal as the band members obviously love and respect those styles and have tapped into a deep, rich vein of inspiration for their songwriting. There are awesome, NWOBHM-inspired riffs ("Danger de nuit," "Jour de colère"), slow, ribcage-rattling bass ("Notre-Dame-sous-terre," "Volcan") and even some '70s hard rock flourishes ("La sorcière"). I find it hard not to tap my foot when Cauchemar step on the gas or do the slow headbang when they slow the tempo. There are no bad songs on Rosa Mystica and like the last album, La Chappelle ardente, there are creepy flourishes that create dark and gloomy atmospheres. I love the keys that open and close the album and particularly those that haunt the middle section of "Rosa Mystica," but I could do with even more! That's a minor complaint when the overall level of metallic goodness is this high. As I've stated in past reviews, if you dig Black Sabbath, Pagan Altar and doomier NWOBHM like Witchfinder General, Cauchemar is a band sure to please.

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