Gholgoth - _Somnus Mortis Imago_
(Ordealis Records, 2003)
by: Quentin Kalis (6 out of 10)
Yet another band performing a hybrid of black and death metal! Gholgoth successfully incorporate the technicality of death metal and the speed and atmosphere of black metal with considerable ease. However, although the melding of styles is impeccably done, Gholgoth are seeking to occupy increasingly contended ground, and offer insufficient new ideas to fend off the competition. This album is largely saved from insipid mediocrity by the use of varied vocals -- ranging from a dissonant black metal shriek to a death metal growl -- and some fairly technical and notable guitar work. This is not a terrible album per se; it is simply the kind of album that will be enjoyed and listened to upon purchase, but will be all but forgotten several months later.

(article published 16/6/2004)


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