|Upon the first spin, this album of The Black can surprise a bit...|
|The Italian Heavy Doom legends are back with a huge offering, six years after
their last two albums. The band is well-known in the scene, and their legacy is
vast. Since their early stages, they have reached a cult status, and have today
a small, yet devoted fan-base.
The band's mastermind Mario Di Donato began to play in the 70s with Respiro
di Cane, and afterwards with bands like Unreal Terror and
Requiem. Nowadays, you can also hear him in the first albums by
Abysmal Grief and Sancta Sanctorum.
As its title indicates, this album is based on the Gorgons, whose monstrosity
obsessed him these last years. It is also by far the band's longest effort: more
than 75 minute long.|
The first spin can surprise a bit. The singing is here a bit different from their previous recordings. However, all the characteristic elements of the band are present. They still play this unique Doom Metal with progressive and Heavy Metal leanings which forged their reputation.
There are some excellent songs on this album: 'Perseus', 'Monstrum', 'Steno' or 'Obscuritas' are, amongst others, titles worthy of such a band. Each track has something good to offer, so the listener never gets bored.
Nevertheless, the length of this album can become a problem if you're not in the right mood for a long listening experience. 'Metamorphoses', the 15 minute-long title closing the album, is quite a strange one. It consists of a down-pitched patchwork of the previous songs, which doesn't bring much to the album, and which could be frustrating for people who have had their fill of music in one hour.
Because of its length, and since The Black is a unique band whose sound is hard to get into for newcomers, it'd be better for you to purchase their older and shorter recordings. But if you're familiar with the band, and still didn't buy this last album, be sure to have it in your hands soon: it's an excellent one, and every spin reveals something new. You won't be disappointed.
11. In Lapidem Muto
12. Occumbere Morte
14. Metamorphoses - Transfiguratio I
15. Metamorphoses - Transfiguratio II
16. Metamorphoses - Transfiguratio III
17. Metamorphoses - Transfiguratio IV
Duration : Approx. 77 minutes
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