Officium Triste – Ne Vivam …   Leave a comment

The Netherlands have a habit of releasing talented Metal bands, specifically Doom, Doom/Death Metal bands; and Officium Triste are not only the standard bearers, but also one of the best.

Reviewed here is Ne Vivam, the third release from these profits of DOOM, and it doesn’t disappoint. From start to finish the only flaw (assuming you consider it a flaw) would be the production, as it’s a little thin. This however adds a “raw” element to the music that might otherwise have been lost.

The mood of the bulk of the songs go from happy to depressive and back again. This is accomplished while never losing the integrity of the song that’s being played. All of the songs have this epic, melancholic feel to them that is incredibly appealing. The music is tight and executed flawlessly. The vocals are extremely unique; never will you hear a Death Metal vocalist that has this exact tone or delivery. There are perhaps a few hints of early My Dying Bride in the first song but the rest of the album stands on its own.

The guitars have the right amount of distortion and harmonize when appropriate. They more often then not follow the traditional lead/rhythm roles and even throw in a few solos from time to time. There are a variety of creative and fun (for lack of a better word) riffs that make this album stand out amongst the bands catalog. The bass plays its role of following the drums. The drums however are amazing, very precise and never over indulgent. The drummer is rather creative and yet seems to be holding back, giving only brief glimpses into his true potential.

This is perhaps the bands best release as the entire album is very consistent. There are a few tracks that are either weak by comparison to the album as a whole and/or get old really fast. Maybe two songs from the album are in this field with rest being rather good. With their latter releases, typically only the first two or three songs are good while the rest seem to be filler (good filler, but filler none the less). In conclusion, this album is worthy for any diehard Metal head to own, not just the Doominoids! This gets a 8/10.
Review Written By Grimdoom

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Posted May 31, 2011 by doommantia in Officium Triste

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