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In Silentio Noctis: Disenchant the Hypocrites

Here's a symphonic black metal band that lots of readers are definitely going to want to discover. To date, they only have one full-length album: the 2010 release Through Fragments of Christianity. Like other black metal bands, these guys explore the larger nature and purpose of religion within culture, often turning their critical attention to the mixed legacy of certain aspects of Christian practice. I haven't heard the full-length, but if it's anything like this EP it must be pretty good.

With this new release, Disenchant the Hypocrites, the band may be said to be exploring other "fragments" of religion. This time, they are looking at the notion of hypocrisy, particularly as it applies to those persons who profess to be Christian but are more entrenched by pride or greed or their own sinful actions. The songs are divided into chapters and likely work together to tell a larger story or establish a dominant theme.

Fans of the band will notice that the lineup has completely changed from what it was on the debut album. Singer Armi Päivinen is still a major part of the band, but she may be the only original member left. Whatever the reason for all this change, the backing band is terrific, always playing a tight mixture of symphonic metal and black metal. The symphonic aspects are stronger than the black metal aspects, but listeners will certainly find plenty of tremolo picking and quick-staccato drumming to satisfy themselves.

To me, the best part of the album was Armi Päivinen's vocals. She definitely ranks up there with the best of the operatic vocalists found in female-fronted metal bands. Her voice is dramatic and strong and just has that overwhelming sense of presence that helps make this style of music so engrossing. Fans of the genre will surely enjoy this one.

Track Listing:
1. Chapter I: The Pit
2. Chapter II: Of Deception
3. Chapter III: Haunted

Added: October 2nd 2013
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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