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Imperium Dekadenz - Into Sorrow Evermore review


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Band: Imperium Dekadenz
Album: Into Sorrow Evermore
Release date: January 2023

01. Into Sorrow Evermore
02. Truth Under Stars
03. Aurora
04. Elysian Fields
05. Forests In Gale
06. Awakened Beyond Dreams
07. November Monument
08. Memories ... A Raging River

Looking for some black metal to satisfy your gloomy dismal mood this winter month? Then Imperium Dekadenz's Into Sorrow Evermore could provide the perfect blackened recipe for such a thing.

Germany may not have the most well known black metal scene out there, not when compared with what the likes of nations such as Poland, Greece, Finland, Sweden, and Norway have produced, but that's not to mean that Germany is short of a spectacular black metal act or two, and Imperium Dekadenz are certainly amongst the finest black metal acts to come out of that very nation.

Imperium Dekadenz is a duo consisting of members Vespasian (guitars, bass, drums, keyboards) and Horaz (guitars, keyboards, vocals), with both musicians bringing an impressive array of instrumental skills, synth work and highly effective vox. The case here on their impressive seventh release Into Sorrow Evermore is no exception. The duo's impressive performance abundantly shows on this album, which contains just about everything a modern day black metal album can ask for; standards are set high from the beginning and maintained throughout, with heavily saturated instrumental layering, dark melancholic soundscapes, richly enchanting hypnotic riff melodies, effective blast beating, and harsh emotive howls and shrieks, all of which is produced in an impressively satisfying manner.

This release, however, does differ in a noticable way from your typical modern standard black metal release, specifically their melancholic approach to things. Instrumentally there may not necessarily be anything that stands out, or that hasn't been done before as such, but there is a feeling of great despair, overwhelming emptiness, and impending doom that surrounds the musical soundscape, an emotive experience that isn't necessarily in DSBM territory, or even anything to be considered atmospheric black, but the light synth work, passionate shrieking howls, and weeping guitar tone are all highly effective in creating this dismal, dark melancholic sound.

Although each track on the album, in general, has a similar flow, sound and structure, there are several songs that stand out for me above most, one of which is "Elysian Fields", a heavy track that I find captures the dark, gloomy melancholic ambience most. "November Monument", with its hypnotic melodious riff pattern that I find to be memorable, and the epic blackened closer "A Ranging River" are other highlights for me, but there are many more standout moments throughout that you can personally take your pick from.

It's early days in this year's black metal calendar, but Imperium Dekadenz have set the genre off to a flier that hopefully continues as the year progresses. It's also likely that Into Sorrow Evermore may be a difficult album to be matched, in terms of melancholic black metal at least.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Production: 8

Written on 31.01.2023 by And well there you have it.


Comments: 3   Visited by: 66 users
31.01.2023 - 21:11
Rating: 9

I liked the prior 2019 album 'When We Are Forgotten' a lil better - better dynamic elements constrasting through their blackn'd gloomcore

this one's a bit more aggressive - or, more appropiately: dire, frantic, dread-petitious, unrelenting dwell-wells of pain long since dry they jumped (fell?) into - in the name of going Into Sorrow Evermore. while I jump into here and inexplicably puke up my cheesecorn'd CleverNevercore

last 3 records spun
Bizarrekult - "Den tapte krigen"
Zustand Null - "Beyond the Limit of Sanity"
Eisregen - "Grenzgänger"
No one can fend off 100 multi-colored Draculas
31.01.2023 - 21:22
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
This is second case I do not agree with you man. First case is about Liverpool, but this that Germany has not known n
Bm scene. It's awesome rare unique and big. Germany has second largest metal band list in MA after USA. To me their bm scene is awesome.
Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
31.01.2023 - 22:35
Rating: 8
A Nice Guy
Written by Bad English on 31.01.2023 at 21:22

This is second case I do not agree with you man. First case is about Liverpool, but this that Germany has not known n
Bm scene. It's awesome rare unique and big. Germany has second largest metal band list in MA after USA. To me their bm scene is awesome.

I admit they have some great atmospheric black metal bands like ColdWorld, Lunar Aurora and The Ruins Of Beverast, aswel as various other black metal acts like Falkenbach, Dark Fortress and Imperium Dekadenz. It's probably my personal opinion but I believe Norway, Finland, Sweden, Greece, Poland and maybe France and U.S.A. have stronger black metal scenes overall, I could be wrong and there could be a load of great German black metal bands I'm yet to discover. For me Germany is best known for it's contributions towards speed, power, and heavy metal.

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