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Review: Gholgoth - Somnus Mortis Imago
Somnus Mortis Imago

Label: Ordealis Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 37:53
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: June 1, 2004
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Somnus Mortis Imago

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

I've been sitting on this one for a while and can't gather that much to say about it. Don't get me wrong, this is not bad at all - in fact I'd say it's very good, but somehow the words don't come out when I start writing about it. Ah well, that's not a first either. :) This Hungarian band plays an interesting but not overly original form of Black Metal. In fact what you have here is a mix of Black Metal - kind of a bastard child between say, Hegemon, and some rawer forms of BM, along with a bit of Thrash elements as well as some Death Metal (some guitar passages, mostly.) Needless to say, such a blend is definitely not for the faint of heart. But then again, it's still bound to cater to a good number of extreme metal fans - speed variations aplenty, more or less raw production, harsh and raucous vocals, and a death thematic with the appropriate somber, depressing and somewhat haunting atmosphere. I rarely do this but this time I'll make an exception: My favourite part is the guitar passage on track 6 at the 2:03 mark - this rules - it's simple but so damn effective.. Anyway, one last note, the cover art, while simple, fits the thematic of the album very well. Just proof that you don't need to overdo the details to get the job well done.

In short, nothing extraordinary but with its own charms and worth a little detour. I've been playing this one over and over for a while and I'm not yet tired of it, that's gotta mean something.

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