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Pestilential Shadows: In Memoriam Ill Omen

It was a nice surprise to find out this load of promos from Pulverised Records contained some cool CDs; including two good Black Metal discs and this was one of them. On the other hand, the label won't include any info sheet and nothing more than a track listing was printed on the high quality glossy slipcase.

With such a black and white cover art, I could only expect some good old Black Metal, right? You bet it is! Their take is not of the old school though and the sound production is powerful, which greatly help the riffing to sound juicy, while the rhythm section is simply pounding and strong. This beefed production is well appreciated in all aspects of their music, especially in the crushing mid paced section. Those happen to be frequent. The delicate of the arpeggios and the lead guitar work are not buried deep in the mix either. I really enjoyed In Memoriam Ill Omen from beginning to end, and the ghostly rasps are fitting their musical direction perfectly. This album has nothing outstanding as such, but just some very good, melodic and cold dark music. The good compositions to mention are numerous: "Beautiful Demise", "With Serpents I lay", "Of Loss and Suffering Inherit", and "Ecclesia Moriendi".

I know, it's only Rock & Black Metal, but I like it, yes I do!

Track Listing
1.Weapon Against The Sun
2.Beautiful Demise
3.With Serpents I Lay
4.Of Loss And Suffering Inherit
5.For Man And Heavens Ruin
7.Ecclesia Moriendi (instrumental)
8.Bathed In Ashes

Added: September 15th 2009
Reviewer: Denis Brunelle
Related Link: Pulverized Records
Hits: 2423
Language: english

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Pestilential Shadows: In Memoriam Ill Omen
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2009-09-15 10:25:45
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Rampaging black metal ala Dark Funeral meets up with some of the more textured, atmospheric sounds of the New Wave of American Black Metal scene on the latest from Pestilential Shadows. I sure wish Pulverized Records would give some more information on their acts, but then again, it's all about the music right? Plenty of head cracking blast beats and raging tremelo picked riffage flying about the mix on this one, with the guitars having that 'Dark Funeral symphony' sound to them, the production larger than life, which is not what you normally guess from a release of this nature. Lead shrieks are very old school, sure to send shivers up and down your spine, and on the rare occasion the band lurches into some slowed down, death metal dirges, the tone takes on a totally different flavor. Solid stuff here for lovers of the genre.

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