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Release date: 2003
Style: Symphonic gothic metal


8.6 | 88 votes


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01. Tragical Memories
02. Cursed Destiny
03. Seclusion
04. The Prophetess
05. Hope
06. Crimson Tail
07. Conception
08. Enclosed

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Cat no. SOM 078.

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Being categorized as a band fully inspired by the music of another band, isn't good, I think the point in having your band is to create your own sound and if it's possible redefine a genre, or being a important part of it's evolution.

This is Penumbra, a French Gothic Metal outfit, in previous albums (2 of them) were catalogued as the "French Therion", which by the way, is not bad, since Therion rules. Anyway, they returned for the third time, and I can guess that they're tired of being compared to Therion, because they have evolved and the after mentioned comparisons can't be done anymore.

published 08.01.2004 | Comments (0)

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mr.archness - 13.02.2010 at 16:43  
Rating: 10 This bend is so much underated from what it's worth. And not well know to broader audience. For me, they are the dark horse of the gothic scene....there is no other band that provides the same ambient as Penumbra. The name fits perfectly with the sound and lyrics, and they are so different, so original from the rest. When listening to them, I really feel like I'm in dark ages
Jerm666 - 01.04.2012 at 11:04  
Rating: 9 Best band in their genre... you can hear two "new" songs on youtube... these songs are awesome! but they called it quits this album still falls in my top 5 female gothic albums... it slays me they called it quits .... Hail Penumbra! Seclusion 10/10 !
Erik M. - 17.11.2013 at 23:24  
Rating: 9 Totally addictive album and I love it, even though it can be a bit poppy at times (which isn't too bad though, in case of this album). It's among my favourite albums in the genre and it's also easily the best Penumbra album. The previous albums are so much inferior to this one it isn't even funny.
zakapior - 28.12.2015 at 11:24  
Rating: 10 This album is one of three that have a reserved space on my player forever.

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