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OFFICIUM TRISTE - The Pathway - CD - Displeased Records

review by: Jez Andrews

There are times when I find gothic metal a joy to listen to. The uplifting melancholy beauty of Type O Negative, the soaring metal darkness of Tristania and The Sins of Thy Beloved, or the shadowy, sexy grooves of Moonspell. Officium Triste, on the other hand, are a pile of shit that I would wish to forget as soon as may be.

Steeped in goth cliché at every turn, The Pathway offers little in the way of atmosphere, and nothing in the way of memorable tunes. This Dutch mob manage to make the music (paying special attention to the vocals) so mundane, it's almost painful. Not the worst effort I've come across, but as there isn't a single track that earns a positive comment (believe me, I've tried). The Pathway is something of a disaster. But to look on the bright side, it can only get better. At least, I hope so...

 

 

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