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For a number of months, the only De Magia Veterum release I had was Spikes Through Eyes and up until recently I didn’t think much of it at all, that was until I eased myself into De Magia’s sound via Gnaw Their Tongues… and, well… the last few weeks I’ve been listening to Spikes Through Eyes over and over, it’s truly a great release. So, naturally, seeing as it was my only De Magia release I had for some time, I grew a strong bond with it and cannot help but compare this release to that one.
I’ll begin with the obvious; no keyboards. I quote myself on my review of Spikes Through Eyes “…without the synths I’m afraid this music would be quite unenjoyable.” Well, it looks like I proved myself wrong, doesn’t it? In fact, it’s the opposite, I find De Magia Veterum much more enjoyable without the synths. Spikes Through Eyes was a great release, there’s no doubt about it – it’s just… to really listen to it and take it all in you need to be in ‘the mood’; with this release, I can listen to it at anytime of the day and it’s a great listen. Another thing I noticed with this release in comparison to Spikes Through Eyes is that over time it doesn’t become to much – I don’t have to turn it off after 10 minutes or so, I can listen to this album on repeat for a few hours before I get tired of it.
Another thing I noticed on Clavicula Salomonis: the vocals are rawer and more aggressive – being placed up in the mix really works in favour for them and the entire atmosphere of the release. The dirty under produced atmosphere is perfectly suiting to this kind of music, it somehow feels that I can relate with M. His music is everything I want to express about myself… I just never knew how. I can bang my head for hours to Clavicula Salomonis and it just gets out all my anger… I love it.
The guitar work is the highlight of this whole album, the riffs are so unique and individual and once again, the production value really works in favour for them – the thin, bassy distortion really compliments everything else going on.
In sum, there’s not much I can say other than “Get this album.” It’s free and it’s online… you have no excuse.