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Reverence - Inactive Theocracy review


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Band: Reverence
Album: Inactive Theocracy
Release date: October 2009

01. Origin
02. Faith Design
03. Braith
04. When The Light Blossoms [feat. Hreidmarr]
05. Hypothetical Paths Of Silence
06. The Axis Of Horror [feat. Dk Deviant]
07. The Last Chapter
08. Hybrid Requiem Phenomenon
09. Regression Of Cold Levels

French, Black metal, unique scene, blah blah blah, new example of this unique scene, blah blah, how do they do it, what's going on, -insert lame pun-, blah blah blah blah blah.

You know the drill by now.

Reverence are a Black metal band, of the so-called 'Experimental' kind, basically meaning that they spice their metal up with odd sounds and wails and whatnot. Reverence add a theatrical touch to that by incorporating a lot of 'sing-along', lofty vocals and thickly layered guitars and keyboards. And on top of that, the open nature of the songstructures (and production). However, Reverence are at their best not when they pull off one of their catchy choruses, but when they tone down on the theatrics and display simple dissonance or jamming paired with a dark vibe. But perhaps that's just me.

When discussing quality and originality in relation to Reverence there's no need for a 5.000 words essay. It suffices to say that they play their Symphonic Black metal with passion, but without any really new input. The downside of this album is in my opinion that it's all a little too 'grande' and 'majestic'. Inactive Theocracy is not completely void of 'a pair', but it wouldn't hurt if they'd grow a bit bigger, you know? It's no groundbreaking release, but for the avid fan a nice addition to the collection. I'm afraid they might not stand out among the crowd enough to really be noticed, though.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 7
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 6
Production: 7


Written on 27.11.2009 by If you're interested in extreme, often emotional and underground music, check out my reviews. I retired from reviewing, but I really used to be into that stuff.

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