Epitaphium - _Under Time_
by: Quentin Kalis (3 out of 5)
Hungarians Epitaphium clearly believe that black metal should be at least a little bit uncomfortable to listen to. How else to explain the lack of bass? To be fair, bass is not completely absent, but this is easy to overlook in light of their trebly rendition of primal black metal. The guitar in particular has a shrill sound, while the leads have an eerie, detached quality not dissimilar to Countess. The low-end production is especially noticeable in respect of the drums, which are hard to individually discern, especially during blastbeats. Additional atmospherics are provided by acoustic arpeggios, while the vocals get the job done but are otherwise run-of-the-mill. It is clear that Epitaphium have a great sound; it's just a pity that the songwriting wasn't stronger.

Contact: http://www.epitaphium.uw.hu

(article published 9/1/2007)

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