In Silentio Noctis - _Through Fragments of Christianity_
(My Kingdom Music, 2010)
by: Quentin Kalis (7 out of 10)
This is symphonic black metal that is not like Dimmu Borgir. No wait, I lie, but unlike most of their peers _Enthrone Darkness Triumphant_ has served as the primary well of inspiration, albeit with a more melancholic air. The most obvious point of departure are the beautiful and stirring female vocals. This is somewhat disconcerting, as this, not some Cradle-esque pseudo-gothic shriek, is the dominant style and really far more apt for Leaves' Eyes or Sirenia. Such incongruency lends itself to predictability, as blastbeats tend to alternate between verses, which are much slower. On the few occasions she sings with a speedier tempo, her nightingale voice can feel disconnected, as if she is singing over, rather than with the music. On the plus side, it is well produced but without being put through a rock-tumbler production, and the orchestral arrangements nicely complement the guitars. If there is anyone out there who sincerely believes Dimmu Borgir should replace Shagrath with Liv Kristine, this may be exactly what you're looking for.


(article published 4/9/2010)

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