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Release date: 2 February 2009
Style: Progressive metal, Symphonic power metal


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01. Vamphyri
02. The Astral Pathway
03. Fear Circus
04. Undead
05. Archangels In Black
06. The Fifth Ankh
07. Codex Oscura
08. Twilight At Dawn
09. Getsu Senshi
+ Fear Circus [video]

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Lyrics (9)

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Produced and mixed by Stéphan Forté and Kevin Codfert at Kevin's own studio in Paris.
Mastered by Björn Engelman (Rammstein, Meshuggah) at Cutting Room Studios in Sweden.

Japanese bonus tracks:
10. Undead (Demo Version)
11. Twilight at Dawn (Demo Version)

Re-released on May 17th, 2010 with new packaging featuring slipcase and exclusive multi-track content. The first 800 copies include a limited-edition guitar pick signed by Stéphan Forté.

Staff review by

Adagio is a symphonic power metal band with extreme metal elements. Their new album, "Archangels In Black" is not really all that impressive and yet I like it for some reason, I'm not sure why. Perhaps it is the fact that these guys clearly faced some adversity over the years, what with the constantly changing lineup and whatnot. After all, power metal is also rock music and rock music is about struggle. Or maybe the fact that they try really hard to spruce things up is the reason why I kinda like them. Now, their experiments are usually about as deep as the vampire/gothic shtick attached to this album but they are somewhat charming.

published 07.04.2009 | Comments (7)

Guest review by

My favorite Frenchies are back with a new album called Archangels In Black. Adagio's previous album Dominate aroused different reactions. Some fans liked the new, darker and heavier sound, some were disappointed with this step away from their progressive masterpiece Underworld. I am one of those who liked the new sound, and after hearing the new album's first single "Vamphyri," I knew that the band decided to continue in the vain of Dominate. The result is a concept album dealing with vampires.

published 10.05.2009 | Comments (3)

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Dreamwar_86 - 03.06.2010 at 07:06  
Rating: 10 Who sang this album? gus or christian
howNowBrownSow - 23.09.2010 at 18:30  
Rating: 9 Christian Palin was the main vocalist, but Gus did backing vocals.
Luneth - 20.10.2010 at 13:51  
Rating: 10 Very good album, "Codex Oscura" is a masterpiece creation
Heka69 - 24.03.2011 at 17:41  
  Not nearly as good as the previous releases...
Luneth - 05.01.2014 at 01:57  
Rating: 10
Written by Luneth on 20.10.2010 at 13:51

Very good album, "Codex Oscura" is a masterpiece creation

Was I freaking high? Gods be damned this album is awful compared to the mighty dominate and sanctus ignus. Codex Obscura is still good though. It's like they sucked all the progression out of their music and got absorbed in melody. Next album better be more like Dominate ¬¬
JÄY - 06.01.2014 at 06:35  
Rating: 9 favorite Adagio album

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