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Opera IX

Titel / Title Strix - Maledictae in Aeternum  
Label Agonia Records 
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Vö/Releasebereits erschienen / already released 
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The album title and the intro with its monk choir gives the impression that the main theme here is the inquisition/witch hunt... "Strix Maledictae In Aeternum", the new album from the Italian band OPERA IX, was mastered at the Necromorbus Studio in Alvik, Sweden - where symphonic black metal meets Doom and Pagan, which is a good thing because I find a blast beat&growls overdose pretty boring. Thus itīs only Dead Tree Ballad when it gets interesting for me, when powerful riffs and a haunting keyboard theme are merged together in a cool groove. It continues in a rather sinister Doom/Pagan mood much more towards Epic Metal, even with an almost cheerful interlude, until a "ceremony, not a song" breaks the mood with a "radio-play" situation (Ecate - The Ritual). The following tracks would also rather fit the Epic Metal than the Black Metal genre, in my opinion. Overall impression - quite good, give it a try; yet I doubt that Opera IX provide enough original ideas (e.g. the witch hunt theme had been done many times before) to stick out of the masses...

1. Strix the Prologue (Intro)
2. 1313 (Eradicate the False Idols)
3. Dead Tree Ballad
4. Vox in Rama (part 1)
5. Vox in Rama (part 2)
6. Mandragora
7. Eyes in the Well
8. Earth and Fire
9. Ecate -The Ritual (intro)
10. Ecate
11. Nemus Tempora Maleficarum
12. Historia Nocturna

Klaudia Weber

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