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Review: Bibleblack - The Black Swan Epilogue
The Black Swan Epilogue

Label: Candlelight Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 37:59
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: September 27, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The Black Swan Epilogue

Rated 3.46/5 (69.23%) (13 Votes)

Bibleblack hail from Sweden, and is likely to get noticed due to the presence of Mike Wead (King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Candlemass, among others) on lead guitar. The Black Swan Epilogue sounds like a mix of Melodic Death, Thrash, and symphonic Gothic/Black Metal served à la Cradle of Filth – minus the annoying vocals. Throw in a very noticeable of a King Diamond-ish horror-like atmosphere, old school Heavy Metal vibe included. On the subject of vocals, these are basically decipherable BM screeches with a little CoF influence, but with a deeper voice, which makes them tolerable to good, depending on the song.

Lots of sound effects can be found here, mostly for atmosphere or simply to bring the point home more effectively – I found them a bit too distracting here and there, but not to the point of making too much of a fuss about it. The album really comes out sounding like an epic storytelling, almost as if it were a musical – all that's missing if the film itself. Sort of a fantasy/horror thing going on here and it's pretty cool. A good production job really helps here, because the album is pretty loaded sound-wise; it's not the kind of album where a single instrument takes precedence, rather everybody here is fighting for the stage light. Amazingly, the result isn't messy at all, rather sounding like a well-choreographed theatrical piece.

The Black Swan Epilogue overall comes off as kind of a more extreme version of a King Diamond album, with a symphonic vibe added. I doubt that this would please KD fans, however, but some might find the "variation on a style" at least interesting. I didn't like this much at first, but after a good number of listens – and you do need them; it is loaded – things started falling into place and making some sense. Interesting release.

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