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Scholomance was a rather unique band in the metal scene, with its particular approach to creating music. Their place of origin too is not common for metal bands, hailing from Willard, Missouri. They started out with big expectations and ambitions as can be seen in this following statement:

"We, the members of SCHOLOMANCE aim to battle musical incompetence with a blazing double edged sword of technical passion. Here there is no fear to indulge in lengthy solo passages that made metal what it was and still should be. We intend to ignore trends until our physical departure from this earth.
We delve into the dark side of the psyche, the truth of emotional instability and manic tendencies. Through self criticism we invoke positive action towards self betterment and downfall of the lazy. Hopeless and brainwashed society in which we live. We would like to see art, music and culture once again embraced by every class, however futile that wish may be. The poetry of SCHOLOMANCE is written to express pure emotion in a philosophical non-traditional sense of grim reality.
The Iyrics are first written to stand on their own before becoming part of a musical piece. Writings of Rimbaud, Dickinson, Scriabin and Neitzche are food for thought and written inspiration. The music of Iron Maiden, Cynic, Candiria, Dream Theater, Meshuggah, Voivod, Beethoven, Bjork, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Arcturus, Loreena McKennitt and In Flames weaves its way into our chambers often and the art of Bosch, Brugel, Venosa and McKean adorns the chamber walls.. The two composers of SCHOLOMANCE run perpendicular paths of composition.
One, a path of outright rejection of common theory leading to a bizarre, unique, technical and personal theory, the other a road of strict adherence to classical theoretics. The two paths merge to form a dynamic entity of immense complexity, layers of sound and authentically orchestral compositions."

Their first musical offering was in 1996 in the form of a short tape entitled Promo 1996 with three songs and it was followed later by another similarly titled Promo 1997 with 4 songs. In 1997 they managed to do a proper studio recording resulting in the 5 song demo 'I Am That Which Is', which got the attention of several labels, eventually gaining them in 1998 a contract with the then newly formed label The End Records which would later be known for their unique and progressive bands signed with them. In October 1998 the band releases its first album w...
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3.17 | 6 ratings
A Treatise On Love
4.67 | 6 ratings
The Immortality Murder

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 The Immortality Murder by SCHOLOMANCE album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.67 | 6 ratings

The Immortality Murder
Scholomance Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by avalanchemaster

5 stars tech death metal with Keys to match the frenetic playing? indeed! this disc and the previous are excellent entries into the historical halls of tech metal. With engaging songs that features oodlings of noodlings, this band does not fail to impress or keep one engaged, but the fact that they added that element of keyboards/piano brings them closer to "true" prog than most in the field, except it is brutal prog.....anyway, I am ranking this release higher because it came with a bonus disc that takes the vocals off, which renders it listenable to some of you out there who are against brutal growling vox.....besides, the songs stand on their own without vocals anyway. But know this; these guys are definitely essential for this subgenre of of those gems from the weirdos over at The End Records (a great label by the way!)
Thanks to avestin for the artist addition.

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