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Blood Countess Bathory - Snowy Shaw - Live In Hell (File Chaos Without Prophecy Puritania Live in Oslo I always worry when bands use off the wall genre labels to describe their bands music, as Opera Diabolicus go for doom opera as a start point for the listener.
As the electric guitar breaks through the riff is heart pumping and fist clenching in an old 80s heavy metal manner. Only the theatrical vocalisations belie that this is not old heavy metal. The dense production affords each vocal element, the guitar breaks, keyboards and drums equal footing. The female vocals have depth and emotion; an aspect I felt has been lost within femme fatale fetish metal in recent years, preferring wailing than actual singing.
As the track progresses it meanders from one style to another, though the pace remains firmly upbeat for the most part, Album). As with all these theatrically driven albums, the emphasis is on vocals and with a plethora of styles on each song, the emotional impact of each is well thought out and ambitiously arranged into epic song construction, that owes a fair bit to early Theatre Of Tragedy as well as Rhapsody and Therion as mentioned previously.
The song really has some excellent vocals lines that aid in building the song up for its great speedy finale. The sudden shift into a thrashy like snare snap catches you out somewhat before a harmony chorus breaks through. This dual of fast and choral Blood Countess Bathory - Snowy Shaw - Live In Hell (File before a cracking hefty riff interrupts it, begging for attention.
Listening to this on my usual headphones you hear vocals all over your head, whispered, spoken, harmonised, they seem to manifest all over the place. The downwards tempo change is excellent and followed by a harmony lead and slow double kick with accompanying keyboards. Its enthralling stuff I can tell you made all the better by not being arrogant or pompous. The song is double bass driven heavy metal with delayed echoing vocals.
The song has a sleazy feel to it that reminded me of Lillian Axe, especially on the damn catchy chorus. The grandiosity is not too Blood Countess Bathory - Snowy Shaw - Live In Hell (File to Septic Flesh but obviously no where near as brutal or intense.
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