Nazgul - De Expugnatione Elfmuth review
|Album:||De Expugnatione Elfmuth|
|Release date:||November 2002|
02. Hult-Garth (Qui Inferorum Animas Excitat)
04. Dies Festi...
05. In Summis Montibus
06. Nigrum Praesagium
07. Impetus Quartae Lunae Novae
08. Caelum Obscuratur
09. Legio Draconorum Orkian
10. Natura Cadit
11. Charcharon (Damnosus Impetus)
12. Solvitur Ad Elfmuth (Ante Bellum)
13. Bellum (Humanes Resistentes Superavit)
I stumbled onto this band by complete accident. It was a long time ago, and at the time I wasn't much into black metal. I listened to one song thinking the melody was totally cool, but when I heard the vocals I went like 'are these guys for real?'
A while back I decided to give the band one more listen, since I was slowly starting to get into BM. I got the album and turned up the volume...It was an amazing experience. The album starts with a 40 second symphonic masterpiece called "Proemium". By the time the second track is over you'll already love the album or you will hate it.
The keyboards deliver amazing melodies while the guitar is somewhat hidden under all those complicated musical structures. The vocals are quite unconventional. Extremely high pitched screams are sung in an almost owl-like manner. I can only compare them to Varg's screams, but these are even higher. They are often suddenly interrupted and replaced by low pitched brutal growls, and there are also a lot of spoken parts in the songs. Even too much if you ask me.
The songs are comprised of quite unsteady rhythmical structures, but that shouldn't bother the listener. It is all part of the atmosphere, since it is the composer's goal to take the listener on a journey from the darkest depths of Mordor to the white walls of Minas Tirith.
Yes, judging by the band's name, and also by the cover of this album, this is another Tolkien inspired band which probably draws most of it's influences from Summoning. That may be the case, but this album is done in an extremely original and fresh way. The production is also quite good. This album is nor over or under produced it's just....right. The guitars might seem a bit fuzzy, but if you scratch under the symphonic surface you can recognize some really cool guitarwork. What Zakrathor did with the keyboards is absolutely amazing. He is one helluva musician.
He also took care of the drum programming and unfortunately that didn't turn out as good as everything else on this album. That is the only thing that prevents me from giving a 10 to this album. I just feel that the drumming doesn't feel 'real' enough. You might think that too, just listen to songs like "Legio Draconoru Orkiam".
For me, highlights of this album are "Hult-Garth", "In Summis Montibus", "Charcharon Damnosus Impetus", "Solvitur Ad Elfmuth Ante Bellum" and "Bellum Humanes Resistentes Superavit". In the end of the album the of the album Orcish forces crush the resistance of men and elves and complete the slaughter. It is also very important to mention that all of the lyrics are in Latin.
Well, that's pretty much it. This 14 track symphonic folkish masterpiece is quite hard to get, but damn it, it's definitely worth getting.
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