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Release date: 1996
Style: Symphonic doom metal


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01. Des Naechtens Suss' Gedone
02. Somnium Obmutum
03. As Autumn Calls
04. Ode To Solitude

Top 20 albums of 1996: 8

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Estatic Fear hail from Austria, a country with a big history in the world of classical music, and believe me, their ancestors would be proud if they had the chance to listen to their compositions.

When classical music, doom/death metal and folk references came together Estatic Fear were born, harmonizing so beautifully together all these elements in the most appropriate way. Keeping either the bombastic or fragile atmosphere classical music can evoke, but lending it a metal edge in a doom/death metal manner, with grunting vocals and distorted guitar riffing along with some folk passages as well, Estatic Fear managed to form quite a personal sound back in 1996 with their debut album, "Somnium Obmutum".

published 22.12.2005 | Comments (11)

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Druss - 26.10.2012 at 01:48  
Rating: 9 Really amazing album, simply cannot stop listening to "Somnium Obmutum" lately in particular, what a song.
cobrapel - 17.08.2016 at 16:15  
Rating: 10 After 20 years is still very difficult to find an album with same intensisty and atmospheres. Thank you Calix!
anathema_1977 - 16.10.2016 at 00:14  
Rating: 10 Aaaahhhh! Very overlooked, this album. It is perfect, in my ears -- from beginning to end. It has so many turning points, never gets boring.
Exactly, also hard for me to find sth comparable these days.
This album has kept its place in my Top 5 all-time fav since that day in 1996 when I picked it up.
Their second album is also a hightlight but it doesnt compare to SO at all.
Too bad we didnt get to enjoy more albums by these Austrian guys.

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