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Review: Susperia - Predominance

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 45:18
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black/Thrash

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: September 25, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating

Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (3 Votes)

This album has been out for quite awhile now and although I had heard a lot about it I just recently made the purchase. Well all I can say is I wish I had picked this up sooner since this album kicks some major ass.

Susperia is a band made up of former members of Dimmu Borgir, Satyricon and Old Man's Child and you can definitely hear influences from each of these bands but the Dimmu influence is the most notable. I better clarify that a little, the Dimmu influence is more from "Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia" which I think sounds a lot different than their previous efforts. If you haven't heard of these three bands you will just have to trust me when I say that this is a good thing…:). If I would have to pick the musical style of this album I would have to say it is an almost perfect hybrid of black and thrash metal. It is almost a perfect split of the two genres' and not too much of either. Regardless this is just some excellent shit! The guitar work on this album is just great with killer riffs and melody lines throughout. The musicianship overall is way above average as is the songwriting. These are well-crafted songs that really stick out from one another and never get boring or lost in itself. The vocals are your basic black metal style growl with a few moments of clean vocals thrown in (very few..:))

Overall a very good album but considering the background of these guys I wasn't really overly surprised that I would like this. If you liked Dimmu's latest album I will bet money that you would like this one as well. Highly Recommended.

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