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Review: Aetherius Obscuritas - Black Medicine
Aetherius Obscuritas
Black Medicine

Label: Paragon Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 40:29
Tracks: 11
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: November 28, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Black Medicine

Rated 4.29/5 (85.71%) (7 Votes)

Fifth album from Hungarian one-man band Aetherius Obscuritas. I found the last disc, the eclectic Viziok, quite a good listen, and this new one is just as entertaining. AO sound less folky this time out, while still maintaining an epic feel that plants this in Pagan Metal territory. A major difference from other bands is the determined use of lower-pitched guitar hooks on this album, as well as a highly audible lower end, including some serious bass. AO do use a lot of tremolo riffing, but it is lower-voiced and melodic, even when the drums are blasting away, giving this a unique sound. The songwriting on here is still rather varied, moving between slower passages and high-speed hammering quite easily. The fact that this disc includes both a Marduk cover and a Running Wild cover – and that they both sound good - should tell you just how much range the songwriting has. It took me a few spins to get into this, but the original compositions kept me listening, as it is almost impossible to predict where this band will go next from moment to moment, and that very unpredictability makes this an album with some replay value and a band worth watching. If you like epic, pounding, venomous Pagan Black Metal with a good bit of innovation in the songwriting, then check this out.

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