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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 over.

(6/10)

 

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