Rating:
8.5
Officium Triste - Mors Viri
18 March 2013


01. Your Fall From Grace
02. Burning All Boats And Bridges
03. Your Heaven, My Underworld
04. Interludium
05. To The Gallows
06. The Wounded And The Dying
07. One With The Sea (Part II)
08. Like Atlas


If you had a beer for every year it has been since Officium Triste released an album, you'd have consumed a six pack, which is about 2/3 of what each Marcel and I put down when we met up in Amsterdam and we spent a good chunk of time talking about how great this release was.

The Dutch death-doomsters are back and sounding better than ever.

For starters the production is awesome. It is deep, lush, and makes everything sound clear and expansive. Considering the emotional impact of (well done) doom metal, the enveloping sound helps further establish the mood.

Ah yes, the mood.

OT have seven songs (and one interlude) which establish a different identity. Mors Viri opens with "Your Fall From Grace", a "romantic loss" style song lamenting the slow demolition of a loved friend due to addiction. The next track switches approaches and rather than romantic loss it focuses on a need to change one's lifestyle by, well, "Burning All Boats And Bridges" to start clean. Later we get the OT wink at one of my favorite doom classics, "To The Gallows", in which the perp willingly accepts their fate… Sorry, they done needed lynching.

One of the other factors that makes this enjoyable is just as the lyrical themes change the music also seems to ramp up in intensity a bit as it goes along. "Your Fall From Grace" is sad, tragic, and a tad symphonic at times, while tracks seem to get slightly harsher as we go, ultimately closing with perhaps the "fastest" of the lot, "Like Atlas."

"Like Atlas" is one of those brilliant closing tracks that incorporates melodies that let you know in no uncertain terms, "this is it, folks, game over, quarter taken… this album is about to end" if you aren't keeping up with the track list.

The musicians do a great job in creating the atmosphere of each song, from doomy riffs to mournful leads, sorrowful keyboard lines… Pim's vocals don't include anything quite as out of the norm as Charcoal Hearts (see: "Love Like Blood"), but beyond the spoken interludes and hellish doomroars, he also tosses in some emotional sung vocals as in the chorus to "To The Gallows."

OT have been making doom for a long time, and while it seems a lot of bands put out their best in their first couple releases, they, instead, are like a good Scotch… getting better with age. The 15 was great, but the 19 even better. (Ok, so Laphroaig used to go 15 to 18, but the point remains even if the math isn't spot on…)

And as with a good Scotch, or an overdue trip to In De Wildeman to meet up with a doomfriend for a few rounds (too many), this one was definitely worth the long wait.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Production: 9


Band profile: Officium Triste
Album: Mors Viri


 



Written on 10.04.2013 by
Xnoybis
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Alex Fenger - 10.04.2013 at 01:58  
Agree with this review 100% of the way. Even the rating is exactly what I would give it. Another album that shoves Officium Triste further up the list of fantastic death/doom bands
Merchant of Doom - 10.04.2013 at 11:17  
Pretty good album... a return to form by OT.
Xnoybis - 10.04.2013 at 11:32  
It feels fastest. it is the longest, yet seems to move by so quickly. it is almost an illusory quality.
Ozman - 10.04.2013 at 12:06  
Written by Xnoybis on 10.04.2013 at 11:32

It feels fastest. it is the longest, yet seems to move by so quickly. it is almost an illusory quality.


it is over before you even notice, that's true.
But for the band it, apparently, truly is the slowest song to play on the album.
Ozman - 10.04.2013 at 17:55  
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...or an overdue trip to In De Wildeman to meet up with a doomfriend for a few rounds (too many), this one was definitely worth the long wait.


That brought a tear of doom to my eyes
Erik M. - 10.04.2013 at 22:43  
Written by Merchant of Doom on 10.04.2013 at 11:17

Pretty good album... a return to form by OT.


What do you mean by that exactly? Reason, Giving Yourself Away and Mors Viri are all equally great albums in my opinion. They didn't have any bad or mediocre albums...

Anyway, great review. I agree with most of what you've written here, though I'd probably give it higher: a 9/10.
Xnoybis - 11.04.2013 at 08:07  
Written by Ozman on 10.04.2013 at 12:06

Written by Xnoybis on 10.04.2013 at 11:32

It feels fastest. it is the longest, yet seems to move by so quickly. it is almost an illusory quality.


it is over before you even notice, that's true.
But for the band it, apparently, truly is the slowest song to play on the album.


i really did phrase that quite poorly. i blame the alcohol.
Merchant of Doom - 11.04.2013 at 11:32  
Written by Erik M. on 10.04.2013 at 22:43

Written by Merchant of Doom on 10.04.2013 at 11:17

Pretty good album... a return to form by OT.


What do you mean by that exactly? Reason, Giving Yourself Away and Mors Viri are all equally great albums in my opinion. They didn't have any bad or mediocre albums...




The split with Ophis was sub par, IMO...
Ozman - 11.04.2013 at 13:24  
Written by Merchant of Doom on 11.04.2013 at 11:32

Written by Erik M. on 10.04.2013 at 22:43

Written by Merchant of Doom on 10.04.2013 at 11:17

Pretty good album... a return to form by OT.


What do you mean by that exactly? Reason, Giving Yourself Away and Mors Viri are all equally great albums in my opinion. They didn't have any bad or mediocre albums...




The split with Ophis was sub par, IMO...


imo Bittersweet Memories is one of their best songs ever. So not subpar at all
Merchant of Doom - 11.04.2013 at 15:40  
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Written by Ozman on 11.04.2013 at 13:24



imo Bittersweet Memories is one of their best songs ever. So not subpar at all


Really? Two forgettable, overblown, directionless tracks, IMO...
Erik M. - 11.04.2013 at 20:43  
Written by Ozman on 11.04.2013 at 13:24

Written by Merchant of Doom on 11.04.2013 at 11:32

Written by Erik M. on 10.04.2013 at 22:43

Written by Merchant of Doom on 10.04.2013 at 11:17

Pretty good album... a return to form by OT.


What do you mean by that exactly? Reason, Giving Yourself Away and Mors Viri are all equally great albums in my opinion. They didn't have any bad or mediocre albums...




The split with Ophis was sub par, IMO...


imo Bittersweet Memories is one of their best songs ever. So not subpar at all


I'll buy that split album nonetheless though. I heard Bittersweet Memories at their cd presentation gig and I really liked it, seemed like a great song. For some weird reason I can't find the other Officium Triste song that's on the album anywhere. I like long songs in general, so that helps too I guess.
Merchant of Doom - 12.04.2013 at 11:26  
The two Ophis tracks are great, albeit a bit doom by numbers... it's worth it getting the split.

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