|Cadaveria - The Shadows' Madame
11 March 2002
02. Declaration Of Spiritual Independence
03. In Memory Of Shadows' Madame
04. Circle Of Eternal Becoming
05. The Magic Rebirth
06. Black Glory
07. Absolute Vacuum
Definitively the first thing that caught my attention was the cover art, is great, the gal there with those Freddy Kruger gloves, the nice logo and the photography that has been given the mosaic treatment, very artsy!
But who is Cadaveria? Well, Cadaveria is the former singer from Opera IX, and she released 2 albums with that outfit, "Sacro Culto" and "The Black Opera", two great Black Metal albums if you ask me. Reason enough to give this one a chance.
So, first things first, what is Horror Metal? Well, is very easy to explain, take some Death Metal, Black Metal, Gothic Metal, and Traditional Heavy Metal, mix it all together, blend it well, and serve with some symphonic elements. There you have it, Horror Metal.
The album starts with a beautiful choir intro, and being a classical music listener, I recognized it, a excerpt of "La Traviata" of Giuseppe Verdi, cool intro which blends perfectly with the first chords of "Spell" a marvelous song, full of tempo changes and voice variations, I mean, this lady can growl, grunt, scream, shout can do with her voice whatever she wants!
The guitar work is also remarkable, the riffing goes from straight Death Metal to 80's Classic Heavy Metal. The album has great songs, like "Declaration Of Spiritual Independence" and "The Magic Rebirth", they all are a mix of Classic Heavy Metal and other extreme forms of the genre, truly nice combo!
So, do yourself a favor and pick up this album quickly, so you can peak into the distorted world of Cadaveria and her Horror Metal.