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Absolute greatness - 92%

katatonia_are_gods, December 28th, 2003

I admit that I was a bit skeptical when I bought this album, seeing as I had expected another furious death metal album, when I'm more of a doom metal guy, but this album just plain kicked ass! The lyrics, all based on Roman war, are not too shabby. The drummer is abnormally fast, with some great blast beats and double kick, and the guitaris very melodic with the occasional chug-chug death metal sound. The vocals, varying from death metal grunts to black metal screams, are done quite well, and all by one person. Tracks 3 and 4 are a two part masterpiece that show how well the singer can scream. The screams in the chorus flow with the music and are quite catchy, and you can't help but just start headbanging. Track 9 is a dedication song to the fans, and has a part similair to the song Tyrants on Immortal's 2002 release "Sons of Northern Darkness". If you like melodic death metal with some black metal vocals, this album perfectly fits the bill!