BLACK OATH - Ov Qliphoth and Darkness - CD - I Hate Records - 2013
Whereas Black Oath's debut, The Third Aeon (reviewed in issue #73), was
something that would suck you in, transfer you somewhere else and make you
wonder what is going on, and where it came from, the second album is just...
professional? Something you listen to along the way, perhaps acknowledging the
fine twin guitar work, nice arrangements or the correct sound, and that's it.
But, if you have expectation for another dose of the old, dangerous and
mysterious Black Oath - well, that's gone, at least when it comes to the mood.
There is still emotion to be found, if you look harder, but
nothing that would really keep you thrilled. The sound is too crisp, the vocals
a bit monotonous and not so memorable. The two guitarists try too much to prove
they can play different things, and in the end - unlike the band's debut -
there's nothing medieval about Ov Qliphoth and Darkness. It's just another doom
album featuring very good music which you are not likely to remember once it's
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