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Review: Common Grave - Il Male Di Vivere
Common Grave
Il Male Di Vivere

Label: Eerie Art Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 64:24
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: January 13, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
Il Male Di Vivere

Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)

Il Male Di Vivere is the second release I have the chance to review, following my new cooperation with Italian underground label Eerie Art Records. I'm sure glad those people agreed to add me to their promo list, making more darkness available to my ears.

A common grave is a place where many individuals are buried, so the name Common Grave fits very well since this act is burying in the underground music many somber emotions. Black Metal is the common denominator of these eight compositions. Lasting over an hour, Il Male Di Vivere contains mostly long lasting pieces of sorrow, clocking in at between 8 and 12 minutes. A couple of shorter tracks have also been included, such as the sorrowful instrumental, "Union of Sorrows". That piece is built on clean arpeggios with lightly distorted lead, in a delicately harmonious fashion. Beautiful harmonies in the shape of melancholic arpeggios are omnipresent on this album; often introducing and closing the compositions, beside adding a melodic tone into the ever-present suffocating grimness. Faster and furious paces are often present, as well as the moderate/crushing or sadly beautiful parts on this disc, to my greatest pleasure. No keyboards on this one, but some acoustic/classical guitars; sweetness to my ears.

This depressive Black Metal release has only good music to offer, with some lowlights lie: "Nocturning Back", "Falling From the Sky" and the title track.

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