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Officium Triste : Roses On My Grave

In 1998 Officium Triste recorded a first version of the song 'Roses On My Grave', which turned out to be one of the band's greatest 'hits', as it's always one of the audience favourites on concerts. Before the song appeared on 'The Pathway' it was released on mCD together with 'Headstone' as a swansong for the band who at that point were quitting. Luckily, the band continued eventually and 'Roses On My Grave' became the opener on the second full-length. In 2001, the mCD was re-released as a 7".

'Roses On My Grave' is one of OT.'s strongest songs to date and this version is better than the one that appeared on the album later on. For one, this release has a better production on all aspects than 'The Pathway'. Besides that, this version is still without synths, which this song doesn't need. The song itself may well be the catchiest the band ever wrote. The lyrics are very suitable and not as weird as with some of the band's songs; it has a strong melody line, energetic tempo changes, ranging from headbangin' to a funeral crawl. In short, this belongs among the best the Netherlands have to offer in doom.

The B-side, 'Headstone', was recorded in 1997 and it is a cover of the long-lost UK doom outfit Chorus of Ruin. The song is well known as an OT. encore and it fits the band’s sound perfectly. In fact, if it wasn’t for them, this song might be largely forgotten, which would be a shame, as it is worth to be remembered for sure. Classic doom/death all the way.

The 7" isn’t limited and is probably still available through the band and Displeased Records.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Roses On My Grave
2. Headstone

Duration : Approx. 14 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Oscar Strik
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