Corvus Corax - _The Atavistic Triad_
(Dark Symphonies, 2000)
by: Pedro Azevedo (8 out of 10)
_The Atavistic Triad_ is composed of three long tracks and a shorter instrumental, for a total duration of about forty minutes. Their mid to fast-paced, very atmospheric, doomy, and well crafted black metal reaches its most remarkable level during fifteen minute long opener "Son of the Earth", in which the influences ranging from classical to dark folk music, the aggression and the doom elements in the band's music all come together extremely well. Symphonic despite the rather subdued keyboards, always in a dark and gloomy way and sometimes with a more war-like sound, Corvus Corax do not disappoint during the rest of the record either. "Terminus Est" and "Mystagogue" are also very good, though not quite as remarkable as "Son of the Earth". The acoustic track "Sojourn" is a highly evocative one, fitting perfectly into the album's atmosphere, which is further enhanced by both images and lyrics. Corvus Corax have created a fine debut, very interesting and highly promising, and certainly seem to be an excellent addition to the Dark Symphonies roster.


(article published 12/8/2000)

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