|Review: Rossomahaar - Imperium Tenebrarum|
Label: More Hate Productions
Year released: 1999
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: April 1, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rossomahaar hail from Russia and play a rather fast-paced, raw form of Black Metal, with some tasteful use of keyboards - in other words, they are not overdone (save a couple of exceptions) and don't get in the way. The music is pretty standard for the style - fast and brutal with the occasional melodic moments here and there, something that quite common in BM albums released at the time. The vocals are of course of the BM "screech" variety, but not too screechy so as to not become an annoyance. Things here are unsurprising until the final song, "Portals of Chaos (The Final Transmigration)", which could very well have been named "The Call of Ktulu - Now with vocals". This is a more or less fidel rendition of the Metallica song with a few different takes on things but overall relatively close to the original, and with a little bit of vocals added. As to why they gave it another name... I wouldn't know. The sound is OK, especially considering it was done on the vocalist's computer (or so I've heard.) Raw enough, and the mix is adequate for the style. We're not looking for Blind Guardian-style production here anyway. :)
Over the years I've seen comments from people who either love or hate this band. Frankly I can't say I'd go for either camp. It's relatively average BM, not boring but not groundbreaking either, and overall it's quite listenable and much better than many other BM bands I've heard. But it's not necessarily something I'll be in a rush to spin. Case in point, I got this some 4 years ago (I liked the cover art! :)) and played it maybe twice in that period before I came across it and decided to review it. Not essential, but will most likely please a good number of extreme metal fans.
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