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Review: Opera IX - Strix - Maledictae in Aeternum
Opera IX
Strix - Maledictae in Aeternum

Label: Agonia Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 69:07
Tracks: 12
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: March 3, 2012
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 3.88/5 (77.5%) (16 Votes)

Shiiiit, has it really been eight years since I got this band's last album as a promo? I guess it has been, since Anphisbena came out in fucking 2004. That's a long time to go between albums, but then, this band has always been a bit odd. They started out back in the 90s as some kind of bizarre goth band with a female singer called Cadaveria, and slowly morphed into a real Black Metal band over the years, ending up with the slightly folky/viking sound of their last disc.

This one is really not as good. The drum production is weak, and sounds programmed, so that's distracting. The vocals are a pretty dull rasp with no character, and the guitar sound is undistinguished. Mostly, though, it's just that the songs lack scope and all the keys in the world cannot introduce atmosphere and epic sweep into these dull riffs. The songs just go on too long, creating no mood or any excitement. You won't hate this, you won't turn it off, but when it's over you won't remember one thing about it.

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