|Review: Crystalium - Doxa O'RevelatioN|
Label: Aura Mystique Productions
Year released: 2007
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: March 31, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Rated 5/5 (100%) (1 Vote)
Doxa O'RevelatioN is Crystalium's brand new release on Aura Mystique. In general, what these musicians are doing is thrashy Black Metal with a certain progressive edge while making use of industrial elements and some ambiance. Now I, for one, am not too crazy about the thrashy aspects, like in the vocals for instance, although I've heard much worse in the past; you know when this guy is screaming in your ears sort of thing. The pummeling drum work is kind of annoying also, too often resorting to blast beats and double basses for my own taste. The progressive side is kind of nice here with its time signature and the intricacies found in their song structure. The musicianship is very good, no doubt about it and the melodic aspect of their music is replaced by a more technical approach. Fortunately, mid tempo breaks with keyboards, distorted guitars, which happen to be excellent by the way, create soothing moments and dark ambiances, always appreciated in extreme music. The opening and closing numbers fall into the ambient genre, being built on electronics, whispers, Gregorian chant and somber moments. Track #6, "Le VIieme Radical", can be considered the composition I prefer for a more Black Metal orientation and not as "thrashy" as the others. It includes crafty guitar work, spacey keys bathing in an extreme atmosphere.
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