Astarte - Quod Superius Sicut Inferius review


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Band: Astarte
Album: Quod Superius Sicut Inferius
Release date: 2002

01. Reign Unfold
02. Inflamed Paradox
03. Oblivious Darkness
04. Deep Down The Cosmos
05. Astarte
06. Incarnate Legend Of The Mummy Queen
07. In Velvet Slumber
08. Sickness
09. Quod Superius Sicut Inferius
10. Crossing The Wounded Mirror Of Death

An all-female Black Metal band from Greece. Enough reason to give some attention to this band, we don's see enough all-female metal bands, and believe me, Astarte can rock just as good as the big guys!

Ok, some Bio, this is the third album of this band and it features different members than the actual line-up, back then was Tristessa in the bass, Kinthia in the Vocals and guitars and Nemesis in the guitars, now the line-up has recently changed, Tristessa still in the bass, and the newcomers Hybris and Katharsis, and a new album is on the making under Avantgarde records.

Enough Bio, let's head to the music department shall we? Astarte plays Melodic Black Metal with a lot of atmosphere, some synthesizers here and there, giving the experience a overall Dark Feel, if you want, call it Black Dark metal, is fine with me.
The music itself is not very brutal, is really epic and complex, the vocals are great, Kinthia doesn's overdo her shriek, and sometimes sings in clear voice, which is really nice. There are also guest vocals from Spyros of Septic Flesh.

I would be hard to pick my favorites tracks, because I really like the whole album, but i'm especially fond of ?Inflamed Paradox? ?Oblivious Darkness? and ?Astarte?, Astarte show us that they can play melodic stuff without loosing the Black Metal edge. If you like atmospheric melodic Black Metal completely done by girls, this one is for you, I only hope that many more women form metal bands like Astarte.

Written by Undercraft | 24.10.2003



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21.12.2009 - 10:35
Jason W.
Just came across this album for the first time in years, now that I'm going through all my metal of this past decade. Seven years later, I'd say the rating is quite accurate, given its time of release and excellent production. The songs are way too long at times, but not necessary in a bad way. I'll agree with you about "Inflamed Paradox" being a good track, but it's a bit too long for me. I'm more a fan of "Deep Down The Cosmos" and "In Velvet Slumber".

I miss releases like this, even if they aren't so life changing, they kept my interest in black metal back then high.
"After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." - Aldous Huxley
13.06.2011 - 21:12
Whatta shame!!!! they steal the musics!!! musics from Iron Maiden and Mickael Jackson!!!
hmmm can't you believe that?! ok!! just listen to "Sickness" (=Mickael Jackson cover!?!?!)
and "Quod Superius Sicut Inferius" (=Iron Maiden) they steal riffs ryhthms and then mixed up with Black metal elements!!! what is this!!!?!? someone plz talk to me about this!!!!!:what:

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