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Review: Zemial - In Monumentum
In Monumentum

Year released: 2008
Originally released in: 2006
Duration: 37:08
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: August 3, 2008
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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In Monumentum

Rated 3.71/5 (74.29%) (14 Votes)

This is the proper debut from Greek Black Metal band Zemial, getting wider release more than two years after the original limited pressing. This pair of dudes has done a few demos and splits, but this is a full-length, though a rather short one at just over 35 minutes.

Zemial are definitely a more melodic BM band, with a slower riff-style that is straightforward and traditional, rather than tremolo. They use keys for atmosphere but never as a lead instrument, and they are definitely more influenced by Bathory than Mayhem. The composition is very old-school, without blasting or symphonic effects, and the vocals are a highly intelligible croak, which is a nice change from the standard shrieking. If there's a drawback here, it's that a lot of these songs sound alike, and at 37 minutes the lack of variation is more noticeable but less deathly than it would be on a longer album. Overall I find this disc enjoyable, if kind of laid-back.

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