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Experimental/Post Metal

3.90 | 34 ratings

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3 stars Peccatum is a very experimental group - founded by Ihsahn (Emperor) his wife Ihriel (who has done some other musical work, but nothing overly noteworthy), and her brother Lord PZ, back in the late 90s. PZ left the band earlier, though he appears on this album as a guest vocalist. Between the happy couple, they generate all sounds: some manually played by them, some simply programmed. On the first album, Ihsahn played all instruments while all three contributed to compositions, but recently Ihriel has been been playing some instruments as well. This is Ihsahn's least metal-oriented project, and (consequently) my personal favourite of Ihsahn's projects.

The style of this music is extremely intriguing, and I find it much more approachable than most prog metal. This is very avant-garde stuff! Flowing seamlessly from haunting, dry orchestral sections, to metallic, industrial experimental metal, to very melancholic, sometimes even depressing, beautiful piano segments, constantly with moving vocal work (except maybe for the upper-beat sections where Ihsahn does his trademark screech...something I am certainly not fond of). The music isn't actually overly rough or heavy, since it's his band's roots that are firmly in the black metal genre, and not necessarily their branches, moreover the traces of it in their sound are incredibly minimal but the compositional style is woven with a metal-esque flavour.

The album is wonderfully produced, with top-notch sound quality and sound effects, beautiful playing, gorgeous compositions, haunting and ethereal gripping atmospheres, with a constant unique spice. This is one of the finest avant-metal albums that I've crossed and I highly recommend it to fans of that pious subgenre.

Shakespeare | 3/5 |


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