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Review: Karcinoma - The Night...Apogee of Madness
The Night...Apogee of Madness

Label: Stygian Crypt Productions
Year released: 2007
Originally released in: 1998
Duration: 41:57
Tracks: 6
Genre: Symphonic Black Metal


Review online: January 10, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)

"The Night...Apogee of Madness" was originally recorded in late '97 and released in '98. All the music was composed by guitarist/bassist Michail Bukanov, who has since left the band. To add to their misfortune, singer Roman Yakovlev was put in jail, which led to a female-fronted Gothic band.

This original work is now being re-issued by Russian label Stygian Crypt. The production is kind of demo-like and a bit muddy once in a while. Music-wise, Karcinoma is a Symphonic and Melodic Black Metal act, with under its sleeves a couple of Death and Gothic tricks for you. The symphonic aspects are provided by the dark keyboards, while a fast/ furious Black Metal can be heard throughout the album. There are also frequent calmer passages. Many times they are made of piano or keyboard, but acoustic guitars grace quite a few compositions too such as in: "The Apogee of Madness", "Sacred Cave" and "La Musique." That last one is more neo-Folk/Gothic in style, featuring nice female vocals, nature samplings and French lyrics written by writer Charles Beaudelaire. The closing track is a remix of opening track.

All in all, a nice album from a not quite fully grown act, but with a new line up and their potential, Karcinoma are worth keeping an eye on.

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