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Officium Triste : Reason

Officium Triste celebrated having ten years to look back on this summer, and what can be more fitting than offering the world what it still needs and will need until the end of days: some pure doom. I won't explain what OT. did in the past, and whom they were inspired by, as I’m sure you can all find out by yourselves in which musical tradition the Rotterdoomsters are playing. What I will attempt to do is give you a reason why you should have this album, and you should.

The band's third opus is actually all about 'Reason', as the whole work basically shouts the very relevant question "WHY?". Why do we exist, why all this misery, what is the purpose? The natural negative emotions which pour forth from such a contemplation are distilled into music in a way that is so honest, convincing and overpowering that I was swept away the first time I heard two of the songs live. On the album, this effect is redoubled.

This work is such a leap forward from the last album that I was very much surprised. I expected an improvement of the OT. style, what I got was a perfection. The production is grand, heavy and clear; the lyrics are focused and very fitting, the music... Crushing, epic, downcast, desperate...

Every second of this dragging, emotionally gripping masterpiece is worth the effort and falls in perfect harmony with the others, until the 42 minutes are through. I'm particularly fond of 'This Inner Twist' and the beautiful 'The Silent Witness', but it's all wonderful.

"Is there a 'Reason' to exist?" Yes there is. And albums like this are one of the reasons. What better reason is there than experiencing that which is most human: emotion? I'm not talking about the way one feels about what happens in daily life, however bad it all may be for all of us once in a while or, if you're cursed, quite often. I'm talking about what you experience in your mind, the transcendence of those emotions to a spiritual and artistic level. Sit down, put on those headphones, and let Officium Triste take you there, if only for a moment.

Well, there's your 'Reason' for you.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. In Pouring Rain
2. The Silent Witness
3. This Inner Twist
4. The Sun Doesn’t Shine Anymore
5. A Flower In Decay

Duration : Approx. 42 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Oscar Strik
Forever Autumn
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