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Officium Triste : Ne Vivam

Originally released on CD in 1997 by Teutonic Existence records, 'Ne Vivam' is Officium Triste's debut album. Only a limited amount of copies were printed at that time and the album became very hard to find after a while. Now, almost seven years later, the band re-releases the album on limited vinyl through Badger Records.

The band remastered the album in 2002 and that certainly paid off. One instantly notices the vast improvement in production over the original release and also the second album, 'The Pathway', which also suffered a bit from its mediocre production. The sound is now very clear, the overall feel is just more... right.

The song 'The Happy Forest' was omitted for this album, which isn't that surprising. The song has always been a bit out of place on 'Ne Vivam', and the band have themselves pointed out that they weren't content with the way the song had turned out before.

Musically, this album is a lot less catchy than 'The Pathway'. There is more emphasis on heavy riffs, instead of the characteristic guitar and synth melody lines that headline throughout the second album. That makes this release a bit less accessible, but also more attractive to those who favor heaviness over melody. Make no mistake though, this album is totally Officium Triste, and can best be seen as a very relevant part of the band's sound, together with 'The Pathway'. Those two releases taken together define what the band sounds like today, which can best be experienced as a whole on a OT. gig, where both albums generally get equal attention.

Basically, this album has everything a good doom/death release needs. A sturdy base of heavy guitars, bass and drums, a healthy dose of melody, some parts you can bang your head to and a solid grunt (in this case Pim's characteristic raspy grunt). This is music with no frills, no pretentiousness, no contrived lyrics; just great plain old metal for those who like theirs served doomy. For some reason I can't exactly put my finger on, Officium Triste always comes across as a completely honest band, artistically, and they always manage to convince me, live or recorded.

Besides all this, I just have to mention the great layout and the attention that was paid to this release. The LP is a gatefold with stylish black on black gothic letters, and that's it! Extremely simple, but also extremely classy! And to top it off, the approximately 500 copies are in five different colours of vinyl. Mine was blue, but there’s also red, yellow and some other stuff, and even one multicolored copy according to the Badger Records website. Highly collectable, and at a standard price, so if you like OT. or doom/death in general, don't hesitate to get this one while you still can.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Frozen Tears
2. Lonesome
3. A Journey Through Lowlands Green
4. Dreams of Sorrow
5. One With The Sea
6. Stardust
7. Psyche Nullification

Duration : Approx. 47 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Oscar Strik
Hate Your Guts Records
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