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