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Review: Macabre Omen - The Ancient Returns
Macabre Omen
The Ancient Returns

Label: Van Records
Year released: 2016
Originally released in: 2005
Duration: 38:23
Tracks: 6
Genre: Pagan Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: February 16, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
The Ancient Returns

Rated 4/5 (80%) (7 Votes)

Originally a Greek Black Metal act, Macabre Omen relocated to London, England, has gone a long way, existing for 22 years and released perhaps more split releases than is allowed for one band.

The band's debut album, The Ancient Returns, released originally on Blutreinheit Productions in 2005, has now gotten the re-release treatment on Ván Records as a digipak, which was a smart idea as the original version of the album seems to be a pretty hard to come by these days, if not impossible.

The music herein, unless you haven't checked out this Black Metal duo yet, is relatively epic Black Metal, often slow or mid-paced, close to Bathory's Viking-era style, or at times sounding almost furiously and mercilessly fast tempo and in-your-face and even a bit experimental like Burzum, with shrieking Black Metal vocals. The songs are carefully composed, with a nice epic feeling stamped all over them and, therefore, it's really hard to resist liking this disc. The last song especially, "Hellas - Ode A`/Ode B`", at over 11 minutes in length, is quite a journey reflecting some of those pompous and colossally moving moments that Mr. Quorthon made known during his Viking era. Even more than 10 years after the original release, The Ancient Returns manages to send some cold shivers down one's neck – and that's a sign of something remarkable and things done right on here, right?

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