Rating:
8.3
Imperium Dekadenz - Procella Vadens
18 January 2010


01. Die Hoffnung Stirbt...
02. Lacrimae Mundi
03. A Million Moons
04. Ego Universalis
05. À La Nuit Tombante
06. An Autumn Serenade
07. Ocean, Mountain's Mirror
08. The Descent Into Hades
09. Procella Vadens
10. ...Wenn Der Sturm Beginnt


Dämmerung Der Szenarien was a pretty strong album by the Deutsch black metal act Imperium Dekadenz, three years later the band returns with a release worthy of its predecessor, Procella Vadens. Once again, the cover artwork captivates the listener and gives a very good first impression and an idea of what will follow, black metal drowned in grey rivers of melancholy and menacing narrow lanes.

The main atmosphere-evoking factor has to be the razor sharp sound of the guitars that violates gently the ears of the listener and creates an arena of melancholy that overruns the whole duration of the album, flirting with ominous sound corridors. Of course there are moments when electricity goes off and the acoustic parts take control alongside some keyboard lines that play their part in the final outcome. The main tempo is actually somewhere in the middle, being neither afraid to speed up without losing in terms of atmosphere and expression nor slow down and calm the overall soundscape for a while. Horaz's vocals remain utterly hallucinating with his dry yet to the point howls and screams that step on the pathway the organic marriage of guitars and rhythm section pave in harmony. The production is clean enough as well as distorted to make the sound of the album vivid and at the same time manifest the ambiance of the compositions.

Procella Vadens is an album that combines the aggressive face of melody with its more fragile side, lowering the defences of the listener, offering him wholeheartedly a one-way ticket to a dissonant landscape that consumes body and soul. Some of the highlights have to be the ceremonial aura of "The Descent Into Hades" that sounds like a collaboration of Dead Can Dance's earlier work with a darker Loreena McKennitt, the epic air of "Ocean, Mountain's Mirror", the imposing sense of desolation through "Lacrimae Mundi" and "A Million Moons" and the more tormented "An Autumn Serenade" and the title-track.

Imperium Dekadenz managed to release one of the strongest black metal releases for 2010 the way I see it, inspired and filled with atmosphere that will appeal to the audience of the band and why not, anyone involved with black metal.

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


Band profile: Imperium Dekadenz
Album: Procella Vadens


 



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Sunioj - 12.10.2010 at 21:14  
This album is indeed really really good. This band has yet to fail me, hopefully this review will assist the band in receiving the acknowledgment it deserves.
!J.O.O.E.! - 12.10.2010 at 21:23  
Well apparently I gave this an 8 so I guess I agree with you. Don't remember it though =P
Dark Seraphim - 12.10.2010 at 23:34  
The beautiful bleak cover inspired me to read this review. This review inspired me to listen to a track. The track inspired me to order this album. All in all an inspirational day. Thanks for the review!!
DerRozzengarten - 12.10.2010 at 23:46  
Written by Dark Seraphim on 12.10.2010 at 23:34

The beautiful bleak cover inspired me to read this review. This review inspired me to listen to a track. The track inspired me to order this album. All in all an inspirational day. Thanks for the review!!

Thanks, i'm glad!!!
Troy Killjoy - 13.10.2010 at 02:43  
This was a great way to start off the new year for me. An 8.5/8.7 from me for sure. Very chilling, though I prefer some of the other black metal releases this year.
LeChron James - 13.10.2010 at 09:24  
The album art is some of the best i've seen in a long time. i'm gonna check this out.
Merchant of Doom - 15.10.2010 at 00:48  
Great album... a real surprise to me!
Derelict Earth - 01.06.2011 at 14:15  
Got this one for free from Season Of Mist when I ordered Paracletus and it's a really good surprise !
Ikuinen - 14.03.2012 at 16:38  
This album is a breath of fresh air ..one of the best releases of 2010
Troy Killjoy - 14.03.2012 at 16:45  
Written by Ikuinen on 14.03.2012 at 16:38
This album is a breath of fresh air ..one of the best releases of 2010

Definitely one of my favorites from that year. Horaz is a fantastic vocalist.

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