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Review: Redemptor Hominis - Premices l - lV
Redemptor Hominis
Premices l - lV

Label: Haarbn Productions
Year released: 2008
Duration: 32:40
Tracks: 4
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: January 1, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
Premices l - lV

Rated 3.25/5 (65%) (4 Votes)

Premices l — lV is the latest offering from these French Black Metalers, Redemptor Hominis. Even if their name and song titles are in Latin, all the lyrics are in French, which also happens to be my native tongue. We don't see that too often, even with French acts actually.

Redemptor Hominis is a duo composed of S (words, music, guitars and drums) and I (vocals and keyboards). They solicited the participation of J for some vocal duties too. Premices l — lV is a pretty easy album to listen to. This Black Metal release has nothing too hateful, nor is this an overproduced symphonic type either. The production is slightly raw, meaning it contains a good dose of distortion, and a bit of weakness in the drumming. Nothing very repulsive as such though. Their music is quite melodic, and a certain theatrical touch can be felt. This is mainly due to the variation in mood and pace, as well as the different vocal styles. The range of the vocals go from the wicked type with effects, to clean melodic, to rasps as well as the spoken form. "Premice ll — "Inde, Viae et Lacrimae", appears like some sort of ritual. This song has a moderate tempo, and contains distorted arpeggios, piano, plus lots of vocal styles. My overall favorite track has got to be the closing number, "Omnium Mortalium Vitae est Misera". Here too it has various paces, including the furious one, but the last moments are quite different, being made of ambient and spacey keys.

A pretty cool Black Metal release from our European brothers.

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