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Black Oath - Ov Qliphoth and Darkness (IMPORT) (CD)

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Origin: Sweden
Released: 2013
Catalog number: IHRCD 110
Black Oath is nourishing their music with the sounds of their ancestors like Dark Quarterer, Abysmal Grief or Black Hole. But Ov Qliphoth and Darkness is more influenced by the Northern Europe scene. There's a rampant Candlemass nod throughout the album. You can feel the same epic feel a band like Solstice has but with a darker presence. I thought the sophomore release was much more epic than the debut, but I realized it's because of its clearer and solid production. The guitar tone is a bit less crude and the mix between the guitars and the bass is more equal. It's a bit softer than The Third Aeon as well but I think the songwriting is stronger. If you're hungry for solid epic doom, look for no further, this release along with the new Procession are gonna be the jewels of 2013.

In case you think that “Ov Qliphoth And Darkness” deals with the traditional branch of Doom Metal, you’re damn right; despite the fact that Black Oath belong to the Southern part of Europe, their sound has many distinct ties with the Northwestern coasts and bands like Candlemass, Memento Mori and Memory Garden. And this is evident in Black Oath’s almost theatrical approach in songwriting and the too-traditional Doom Metal guitars that shine in any given chance (yup, I’m talking about the Saint Vitus vibrato guitar preaching - Amen). “Ov Qliphoth And Darkness” contains 8 gloomy, epic Doom Metal tracks filled with slow and mournful hooks that come to life via the clear and solid production.