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Il Sangue : Elegia 4: ...In Still Desolation

The minimalistic black & white image of a dead tree, that covers the front of the sleeve says a lot about the music in itself. The music is indeed very bleak, depressing and hollow. Or as the band puts it in the lyrics: "We all die alone".

The sound can best be described as noisy funeral doom with black metal elements. The spoken sections and whispering in the background as well as the simple echoing chords on the guitar, remind me of Dolorian's self-titled album. In addition to the spoken sections and the whispers there are other black metal elements like the snarling grunts. Drown this in sharp noise that acts like razors on the ears, and you would have a pretty good image of the music.

The idea of suffering is shown here as something completely different than what is preached by romantic oriented bands. Suffering does not lie in the tears but in the intense pain that jags through the soul. Just like loneliness is not a lament, but a type of mental torture. Just like existence is not just miserable, it makes you question whether Hell can actually be worse.

The hideous image of death that is portrayed on this album reminds me of the extreme emotions from Worship and Stabat Mater. In fact I'm postitive that those who like those two bands will also like this. At the same time I'll also give a warning that this is indeed music too cruel for most people to handle. Still, highly recommended.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
-Inno Funebre Un- Suicide Chalice
-Inno Funebre Due- Souls At Martyrdom
-Inno Funebre Tre- Harrowing The Sacred

Duration : Approx. 38 minutes

Visit the Il Sangue bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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