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Runemagick : Invocation of Magick

Runemagick is a band that's been around for quite some time. These Swedes have shown a gradual evolution from a raw death metal style to a more and more doomy one. 'Invocation of Magick' is the culmination of this process thus far, as this album is all slow 'n' low.

Not only slow 'n' low, but also straight up: chugging, varied riffs, exciting rhythms, growls, and no extras. And they do it well. It took me a bit of time to get into this album, but every song has a great deal of energy. The album is pretty long, but if you're enjoying what's going on, and you can't resist banging your head along, it will flow seamlessly to the end. 'Invocation of Doom Runes' and the elaborate 'Black Magick Sorceress' in particular contain very pleasing parts.

Perhaps some more tempo changes or more extensive lead guitar work might have pushed this album a bit further. As it is now, it is really only interesting for true death/doom fanatics. It is damn good, though, not to mention groovy. Definitely something to check out.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Preludium Apocalypsis
2. Invocation of Doom Runes
3. Black Magick Sorceress
4. Fisher of Souls
5. Lower Worlds
6. The Devils (Imperium Magnum Infernalis)
7. Conjuration of the Black Shape
8. Witchcraft Gateways

Duration : Approx. 70 minutes.

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