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AETERNAL SEPRIUM - AETERNAL SEPRIUM - Against Oblivion"s Shade - CD - Nadir Music - 2010

review by Mladen Škot

 

Okay, the sound is a bit inadequate, with the vocals too loud, the drums and guitars too clear, and the choirs a bit... funny? Listening to Against Oblivion's Shade, there is a feeling of standing in a rehearsal space while an Italian power metal band goes on, showcasing their music. A bit clumsy in details, like someone having problems to start properly, at first you don't know what to think about Aeternal Sprium. But, after listening to several songs, a number of great solos, proud folksy melodies, epic verses and endless drum fills and breaks, you realize you're listening to quite a band. A bit exaggerated here and there, as if showing the full potential where it's not too necessary, but nothing that some good production couldn't tame.

 

Then, naturally, you want to hear the same thing as a proper CD. But the CD feels just like the rehearsal. The epic still isn't epic, the emotional isn't emotional yet, and the exaggerated (mostly looking at the screamer) is still exaggerated.

 

Briefly, a really good album without the sound it deserves, Against Oblivion's Shade could have benefited vastly from some more compression, a less direct and more distant sound and some trimming of the unnecessary bits. If we had the time for it we'd record it on a cassette, copy it to another cassette and the result would probably be more intriguing than this studio recording. Still, if you can ignore this, Aeternal Seprium are well worthy of your attention. (7/10)

 

 

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