Solemnus - _A Nightshade Symphony_
by: Adrian Magers (4 out of 5)
Solemnus are a musical hodge-podge of various forms of grace and grit in the metal realm. A splendid blend of epic/gothic metal is employed on the group's four song demo, _A Nightshade Symphony_. The disc is twenty-odd minutes of tragic music that manages to be simultaneously atmospheric and catchy. The songs are generally very keyboard-oriented without losing a heavy edge from the guitars. The keys tend to recall a similar style to Dimmu Borgir's, particularly on the Norwegian sextet's early albums. The vocals are most comparable to Theatre of Tragedy, but the melodic male vocals seem inspired by early goth. The highlight of the CD is definitely the two guitar/piano melodies in the middle and end of the title track. Solemnus direct the listener through different moods, communicated by a precise blend of dark melodic metal: from triumphant to sorrowful, everything is full of passion and drama. Owners of _Enthrone Darkness Triumphant_, _Wolfheart_ or _Velvet Darkness They Fear_ should take notice of Solemnus.


(article published 22/8/2003)

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