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maandag 20 april 2015

Release: 2015-03-27
Style: black metal
Label: Shiver Records
Country: Belgium
Playing Time: 41:33
Cat. N°: SHR 528
Review by: Vera
Translated by: Vera
Rating: 7/10


This happens to be the fourth full length studio album of the Belgian Limbourg based black metal formation Signs Of Darkness since their foundation in 1995. It is the successor of the EP ‘Apostate’ (2011) and ‘The Fall Of Amen’ (2008). Recorded at the Artsounds Studios in Helchteren, recordings and production were in the hands of the band itself under guidance of guitarist Peter Vaes. In between the acoustic epilogue ‘The Rise Of Serpents’ and the as well acoustic prologue ‘The Circle Of Serpents’ one can hear furious black metal in which the pace only slackens down for a moment during incidental intermezzos. ‘Clouds Over Your Masada’ and ‘Terra Nullius’ are perfect examples of that. Guitarists Peter and Jochen regale the songs with fervent yet quite epic leads, while singer Joris (also in Insanity Reigns Supreme as bassist now) now and then goes to high-pitched regions with Dani Filth alike shrieks. They better skip that. Furthermore it is a meritorious albums without remarkable highlights, yet coherent within the genre.


Dit is het vierde volledige studioalbum van de Limburgse black metalformatie Signs Of Darkness sinds de oprichting in 1995, volgende op de EP ‘Apostate’ (2011) en ‘The Fall Of Amen’ (2008). Opgenomen in de Artsounds studio in Helchteren, waren opnamen en productie in handen van de band zelf onder leiding van gitarist Peter Vaes. Tussen de akoestische epiloog ‘The Rise Of Serpents’ en de eveneens akoestische proloog ‘The Circle Of Serpents’ horen we furieuze black metal waarin het tempo enkel getemperd wordt tijdens luttele intermezzo’s. ‘Clouds Over Your Masada’ en ‘Terra Nullius’ zijn daar goede voorbeelden van. Gitaristen Peter en Jochen vullen de songs met pittige edoch vrij epische leads, terwijl zanger Joris (nu ook in Insanity Reigns Supreme als bassist) zich al eens uitlaat in een enkele verschroeiende gil à la Dani Filth. Dat bevalt ons minder. Verder is dit een verdienstelijk album zonder opmerkelijke uitschieters, maar coherent in zijn genre.


The Rise Of Serpents (1:30)
The Age Of Decay (4:07)
Suffer The Cold (4:17)
Clouds Over Your Masada (4:10)
Sin (5:00)
Amidst The Fog (0:41)
The Sound Of A Desolate Winter (5:13)
Terra Nullius (5:45)
Like Flies On Your Coffin (4:15)
The Lazarus Syndrome (4:09)
The Circle Of Serpents (2:03)


Joris: vocals, bass
Peter Vaes: guitars
Jochen: guitars
O.: drums

Geplaatst door Vera op maandag 20 april 2015 - 11:22:51
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