In Peccatum - _Antilia_
(Independent, 2002)
by: Pedro Azevedo (7.5 out of 10)
An 18 minute EP of laid-back, melodic doom metal with a hint of mid-era Paradise Lost and classical touches, _Antilia_ is a remarkably polished independent release. The carefully placed classical passages, the well thought-out guitar parts and competent production all prove that a lot of work has gone into the making of this disc, in which the band manages to capture some rather good emotional passages. There is some variety in the mostly mid-paced music, with clean spoken vocals mixing with harsher as well as some feminine ones, and some atmospheric and/or classical interludes that include anything from piano to string instruments. The music certainly isn't overly extreme, but much like Thragedium [CoC #57] it may well come as a very pleasant surprise for those of you who enjoy melodic, emotional doom metal. Definitely a promising Portuguese band coming from the Azores archipelago. They appear to have had support from their regional government for the making of this EP, so here's hoping that their geographical situation won't prevent them from fulfilling their potential -- which judging by _Antilia_ seems rather interesting.


(article published 3/7/2002)

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