Album Review

Imperium Dekadenz – “Procella Vadens” [Album Review]

Imperium Dekadenz have managed to hit upon an idea the blackest of black metal bands would likely scoff at: it’s not such a bad thing to let some light in and air out the room for your listeners. Whether it’s simply an excuse to show off their compositional chops or a true palate cleansing, this German duo tempers their soupy mass of sound with moments of surprising delicacy.

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Imperium Dekadenz have managed to hit upon an idea the blackest of black metal bands would likely scoff at: it’s not such a bad thing to let some light in and air out the room for your listeners. Whether it’s simply an excuse to show off their compositional chops or a true palate cleansing, this German duo tempers their soupy mass of sound with moments of surprising delicacy.

Midway through the album, after beating their listeners down with a 10-minute plus assault entitled “A Million Moons”, the group breaks out the acoustic guitars and hit a few minor chords on their synthesizer for the positively gorgeous instrumental “A la nuit tombante” (“At The Falling Night”). They even toss a similarly minded breakdown in the center of one of the album’s most sweeping tracks, “An Autumn Serenade”.

The rest of album lays on thick sheets of dark, tar pit metal that doesn’t push the tempos too hard and eschews such frills as guitar solos. Instead, the band feels like they are locked in for an all out carpet-bombing of noise and vocal chord tearing intensity. It will leave you gasping for air at times, but comforted in the knowledge that those moments of reprieve are right around the corner.

Track Listing:

01. Die Hoffnung stirbt…
02. Lacrimae Mundi
03. A Million Moons
04. Ego Universalis
05. A la nuit tombante
06. An Autumn Serenade
07. Ocean, Mountains Mirror
08. The Descent Into Hades
09. Procella Vadens
10. …wenn der Sturm beginnt

Run Time: 57:15
Release Date: 03.09.2010

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