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Review: Ver Sacrum - Tyrrenika
Ver Sacrum

Label: Nadir Music
Year released: 2009
Duration: 41:23
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black/Thrash

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: May 8, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (2 Votes)

Ver Sacrum's Tyrrenika revolves around the history of the Tyrrenian people and as such can be seen as a kind of history lesson. The rather well-made booklet includes a number of ancient drawings (though I wish they had chosen a different background or text color, since the lyrics can be a little hard to read at times...) Sooo... This is decent Black/Thrash out of Italy, though I find it lacking on the thrashy side – this is quite tame compared to most of the Black/Thrash I've heard. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it's worth pointing out. Tyrrenika is more melodic than what you usually hear in the genre. There's also an omnipresent sorrowful atmosphere that goes well with the history being told, though it kind of clashes with the music at times. The vocals are low BM-style screeches for the most part, with a few spoken vocals here and there.

Something just doesn't click with this album, and I think it's the recording and production conditions, whatever they were. This sounds like it was recorded on a computer with basic equipment. Very flat and mechanical, kind of a "just going through the motions" feeling. There's just no depth here. Everything sounds at the same level, and ultimately it gets old quick. The music isn't bad, but the production just doesn't do it justice. This could have been so much better.

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