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Black Oath : The Third Aeon

Black Oath didn't really fulfill the expectations...

Having read and heard many flattering comments on this Italian band, I was eagerly waiting for that first album, especially since the first reviews of ‘The 3rd Aeon’ were very promising . Sadly, I would hold again that we must remain cautious with labels too quickly pasted on new bands; some more discernment would be sometimes very welcome... Because honestly, I do not hear any Epic Trad Doom or even pure Trad Doom often described when speaking of Black Oath, indeed in my opinion another local band like Focus Indulgence would far better match that description.

Sure, here the music holds quite many usual components of Doom, but I would add the epithet ‘Italian’ rather than ‘Trad’ or ‘Epic’... Ok there’s a few riffs which remind of early Candlemass (‘Death As Liberation’ and ‘The 3rd Aeon’) but the influence of Paul Chain or The Black sound much stronger, through a constant gloomy and mournful atmosphere, most of the time occult and sometimes melancholic (thanks to the keyboards) . Nothing unenjoyable at all but there’s a severe lack of depth in the music it-self, it quickly becomes linear. Sharper guitars and more assertive vocals would make the whole stuff far more consistent without any doubt. The rather low and flat production certainly doesn’t help at all, I don’t know about the guitars but I feel there’s maybe something a bit calculated concerning the vocals on that point: far too much recessed, obviously to mask the singer’s rather average accent…

Then, of course there is a considerable potential but I'm still quite disappointed and puzzled: I’m almost wondering whether I got the same album as other dythirambic reviewers...

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Death as liberation
2. Growth of a star within
3. The 3rd aeon
4. Evil sorcerer
5. Horcell the temple
6. The black oath

Duration : Approx: ?? minutes

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Reviewed on 2011-05-31 by Steph Le Saux
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