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Estatic Fear : Somnium Obmutum

Estatic Fear is probably the most carefully kept secret in doom-metal. The way they combine extremely moody, melancholic doom-metal with orchestral arrangements and authentic instruments like a lute, flute and acoustic guitars is absolutely stunning and makes bands like Therion and Haggard sound like would be bands that try in vain to integrate elements from classical music in their metallic sound.

I can't find the proper words to express the emotionality and sad romanticism of this work. Images of forgotten times with troubadours singing their sad songs under empty balconies, hoping in vain that the pretty lady shall come to them enchanted by their nostalgic melodies and despised vagabonds wandering around searching for a place to rest, pass through my mind's eye.

What I especially like about this album, is that they managed to create such a sad, melancholic atmosphere without losing of sight the heaviness and brutality such bands should have to yield for maximum results. The male grunt sounds very deep and some occasional black metal accelerations bring more power to their music. From the other side, their acoustic and atmospheric parts accentuate the doomy atmosphere of this album.

My only point of criticism is the fact that the second track lasts 32 minutes, while it doesn't sound at all like one song. They should have split this into different songs. However, apart from that this is obligatory stuff for the doom fan, and certainly those who liked Empyrium's 'Songs of Moors and Misty Fields' should buy this blindly.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Des Naechtens suss Gedone
2. Somnium Obmutum
3. As Autumn Calls
4. Ode To Solitude

Duration : Approx. 57 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
No God Only Pain
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