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Peccatum: The Moribund People

If you read our review of Peccatum's 2004 CD Lost In Reverie, you'll learn precisely nothing about what to expect on this 3-track, 15-minute EP.

Peccatum is a husband and wife team and except for some drumming, all instruments are played by the couple. She has a rich, angelic voice. He is 'Isahn', the voice behind the death growls that are briefly heard on tracks 2 and 3, and in the Norwegian melodic death metal band Emperor.

But make no mistake - this is not death metal. The first song, the title track, is defined by Heidi (aka Ihriel) singing in an operatic, choral style. "A Penny's Worth of Heart" and "For All Those Who Have Died" are a more imaginative satan-and-soprano beauty and the beast blend of death metal and perfectly clean female vocals. Track 3, "For All Those Who Have Died", is a cover of the original Bathory song, with an interesting interpretation.

Peccatum is quickly achieving a reputation for Symphonic, avant garde metal with tremendous progressive overtones and a wonderful imagination. We've said it before - the new cross-over multi-genre style of metal is probably the most important development in music today, and along with Green Carnation, Ulver, Winds, Masquerade Overture, and Disillusion, Peccatum is among the front runners in this new style that will define intelligent music for many years to come.

If this was a full-length CD it would easily warrant 4 and a half stars.

Track Listing:

  1. The Moribund People
  2. A Penny's Worth of Heart
  3. For All Those Who Have Died

Added: November 10th 2005
Reviewer: Duncan Glenday
Score:
Related Link: Peccatum's Web Site
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Language: english

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Peccatum: The Moribund People
Posted by Hugh Dark on 2006-11-27 14:03:36
My Score:

It's a shame that Ihshan decided to shelve this project and the result looks like this may have been the last of the material they had. When listening to this, I hear: Ghost in the Machine era Police and Choir Girl era Tori Amos ( A Penny's Worth of Heart), along with some trance electronica. These elements serve to give the album depth and contribute to elevating this to a high-brow, artistic statement. In many ways it's much more thought out than Emperor and has a seemingly, limitless potential. Most metal fans don't have what it takes as far as aptitude to get this. It's just way out of their league. Really, it is just to deep for most contemporary audiences to ever have a chance. Absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




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