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Review: Calvarium - The Skull Of Golgotha
The Skull Of Golgotha

Label: Dynamic Arts Records
Year released: 2003
Duration: 40:23
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: May 13, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 2.17/5 (43.33%) (12 Votes)

From Finland this time around, I'm happy to present another new, but talented band with, once again, a strong introduction to the underground.

Here we are dealing with a trio, and their stuff is pretty close to the darker side of nature and occult beliefs. From the instrumental symphonic intro " Three Nails and the Hammer of Satan", to the closer "Suicide Manifesto", the listener is carried away by a somber wave of melodic Black Metal, mixing both old and new school. The structure is rather simple and repetitive, a bit raw with a melodic line. The good news is that this music sounds great, because it was not given the crappy "kult" treatment, so it doesn't sound bad at all. To top it all off, keyboards, mostly discrete and well incorporated, add a nice haunting touch, and sure help in conveying the dark and cold emotions the compositions were meant to have. Great vocals, changing into a deep grunt at times, while at other times turning into spoken words to the point of becoming like a ritual on "Jumalviha". Then comes right after my favorite track "Horns of Hate", bringing all the great Black Metal elements, and on this one the keyboards are more upfront. Even if they might not appear amazing, many compositions would deserve an honorable mention, for their good black heart with great vocals and the likes. I would just like to point out the very good closing track, with its good share of doom riffs, deep grunts and intensity.

The Skull of Gorgotha is a dark addition to the mystical Black Metal realm.

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