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STRANGLING FROM WITHIN

Peccatum

Experimental/Post Metal


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3.65 | 16 ratings | 3 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1999

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Where Do I Then Belong (1:58)
2. Speak of the Devil (As the Devil May Care) (5:43)
3. The Change (3:02)
4. Songs Which No Name Carry (6:35)
5. The Sand Was Made of Mountains (3:02)
6. I Breathe Without Access to Air (3:50)
7. The World of No Worlds (8:49)
8. And Pray For Me (4:43)
9. An Ovation to Art (5:43)

Total Time: 43:35

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Line-up / Musicians

- Ihsahn (Vegard Sverre Tveitan) / vocals, all instruments
- Ihriel (Heidi S. Tveitan) / vocals
- Lord Pz / vocals

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CD Candlelight Records (1999)

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PECCATUM Strangling From Within ratings distribution


3.65
(16 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
25%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(31%)
31%
Good, but non-essential (44%)
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Review by hdfisch
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4 stars Norvegian black metal band EMPEROR (defunct since 2001) obviously has been a prolific source for highly talented musicians with an artistic pretension going far beyond their original genre's limits. Guitarist Tomas Thormodsæter Haugen (aka Samoth) joined ARCTURUS in 1993, bassist Terje Vik Shei (aka Tchort) played guitars together with GREEN CARNATION and Bård G. Eithun (aka Faust) contributed drums on ULVER's "Perdition City" album. Now then PECCATUM is a project of EMPEROR's second guitarist Vegard Sverre Tveitan (aka Ihsahn) joining forces with his wife and his brother-in-law. Their gritty and ambitious debut "Strangling From Within" is a quite extreme avant-gardistic type of work which will certainly not appeal to the common black metal fan. Being in its music style not too far away from ARCTURUS' stuff (just imagine addition of female vocs) it's in parts a difficult to access tightrope walk between theatrical drama, classical, industrial and black metal. Especially the female vocals which contribute mainly to the strongly classical touch of this album are reaching at times pitches that might hard to be supported by some more sensitive ears. The album is divided up in two chapters where tracks 1-5 make up the first and tracks 6-9 the second one. The multilayered compositions display throughout a quite maniac and depressive atmosphere, a kind of desolation and emptiness that will most probably not appeal to fans of standard melodic prog metal but I'd highly recommend this album to any open-minded music lover with an affinity to rather insane black/death metal. Especially the ones who are into Scandinavian avant metal scene will like it. Maybe not to be called an essential one necessarily since it's rather an acquired taste but anyway an excellent debut deserving some more attention actually.

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Posted Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Review by UMUR
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3 stars Strangling From Within is the debut album from Norwegian experimental metal band Peccatum. Peccatum was to start with a project band for Ihsahn, frontman and guitarist in infamous Norwegian black metal band Emperor but after Emperor disbanded Peccatum became Ihsahn´s main focus for a couple of years. Peccatum is very different from Emperor but it might appeal to the ones who favoured the last Emperor album Prometheus - The Discipline of Fire & Demise or Ihsahn´s solo albums.

The music is black metal inspired without actually being black metal. The black metal feeling is mostly due to Ihsahn´s growling. The pace is generally much slower than on any of Emperor´s output except for The Change which has blast beat sections. There are both classically inspired female singing and more avant garde high pitched screams from Ihsahn´s wife Ihriel, clean vocals from Lord Pz and both black metal rasps and clean singing from Ihsahn. Lots of orchestral keyboard themes swirl around in the compositions making the music symphonic, multilayered and at times complex. There´s some kind of twisted beauty in the music but not the kind of simple melodic beauty that bands like Within Tempation or Nightwish create.

The musicianship is great and once again Ihsahn proves why he is considered one of the most important musicians on the Norwegian metal scene. The vocals from the three members of the band are the main focus on Strangling From Within and all three are great singers. They all have a personal approach to singing.

The production is very good. Clean and sharp. No one is credited here for playing the drums and they might be computer created for all I know. They sound great though.

Strangling From Within is a good experimental metal album. It doesn´t quite fit my taste but I can appreciate the will to experiment and innovate which has always been a dominant part of Ihsahn´s music. 3 stars is well deserved and I can fully understand if others give this one 4 stars. The compositions are of very high quality so it´s a matter of aquired taste for me with this one.

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4 stars Strangling From Whithin is a bizarre and captivating blend of baroque classical with experimantal blackmetal somewhat similar to Ihsahn's later work with Emperor. I will state early in this review that it is very different to the more popular In A Reverie, having a more rough and raw blackmeta ... (read more)

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