Obscurcis Romancia - Theatre of Deception
Reviewer: Azmo Lozmodial - 2012-08-15
Highlights: Mournful Darkness, In Memoriam
If you are into the the history of the vampiric era of Cradle Of Filth and you are really aware of the releases "The Principle of Evil Made Flesh" and "Dusk... and Her Embrace" then you are about to guess what's Obscurcis Romancia is hiding for you in this amazing release, the album "Theatre of Deception" will be another black metal album that contains a lot of classical and melodies for your ultimate pleasure.
Many amazing modern melodic black metal releases like "Cast Into Fields of Evil Pleasure" and "Second Skin of Harlequin" for the Danish black metal band Illnath have always caught my attention because of the amount of melodies that have been used within the songwriting and because of the riffing texture that they were using, and many fast melodic black metal releases like "Perversions of Angel VI" for the Danish band "Fairytale Abuse" and the album "New Obscurantis Order" for the French black metal band "Anorexia Nervosa" also amazed me because of the rapid spiritual riffing that have been performed, but today I am really surprised of the band Obscurcis Romancia and how they created flawless melodic black metal debut better than the albums that I've mentioned before, the genuine compositions and the structure of the tracks showed utmost professionalism and genius.
It would take years for me to describe the details of this record, but at least I can describe some of the distinctive moments that I've experienced while listening to this amazing release, the lifetime track "Awakening in Spiritual Madness" steals about ten minutes from your life, and it gives you back one of the best melodic black metal tracks ever, the vocals intend somehow to sound like Dani (Cradle Of Filth), but the low growling and the crispiness that that capture the vocalist's throat made this track more dynamic and airy, the same atmosphere goes around the second track "Beware The Moon", but this time the drumming shows more skills and the guitars dominate the roughness of the track, the classical influences in the keyboards turn the tracks of this album into a long theater full of insane characters.
The classical orchestrations and compositions of the world really fail to describe the skillfulness of creating such an extreme black metal record full of killer fast riffs and cinematic melodies and orchestrations, when you listen to the tracks "Sanctuaire Damne" and "Le Quatrieme Acte" you will understand what I am talking about. This record wont disappoint you once while listening to the whole record, as the tracks die in front of your eyes, you will see the melodies of the tracks "Mournful Darkness" and "In Memoriam" are floating around your head as your mind will be sinking deeply inside the thickness of the oceanic melodies here and there. The long tracks "From Within The Fire Of Eternity" and "Seasons Of Infinite Sorrow" have gone very complex, the blastbeats of hell and the dreamy classical keyboards gather together to form scenic infernal music, as the high pitch vocals and the growling dig their way through the noise of the guitars, you will easily find yourself lost within a huge amount of complexity.
If you are a fan of the modern symphonic black metal and you are aware of the golden melodic black metal era, then I am sure you will be interested to own a copy for this release, the experience that you will live while listening to these hellish tracks wont be felt twice in your lifetime. The insane clown of the artwork really describes how much insane and classic is this CD, open it and enjoy the infernal winds that will come out from your speakers, Beethoven must be proud of this.