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Riul Doamnei - Apocryphal
Every now and then I take on the challenge to review a black metal album, a genre that doesn’t appeal to me 99 out of a 100 times. Fortunately sometimes that one band that I do like comes along, and Riul Doamnei happens to be it (for this year probably). Not a catchy name, but that seems to be quite common in this grim scene. What it means, I couldn’t care less to be honest.
 
What I do care about is what is happening on Apocryphal. These Italian Satanists produce something amazing in my ears. Black metal with a lot of variation, fantastic production, fast blasting riffs like no other style can do them, but add some grooving brutal riffs to that and you can get me going. On top of that there are some real atmospheric and original (like I know anything about that) keyboard parts in the songs, and some typical evil vocals that will make your local pastor stop his paedophilic activities and pray for all eternity to a false god. Spoken like a true corpse painted casketfucker. Sorry, it’s still funny to me to ridicule the scene.
 
But that doesn’t take away the fact that I have a fine piece of work that I will actually put in my collection. It’s good to see that not all black metal has to be as underground as possible, nor does it have to be labelled commercial as soon as more than three people you know have heard about them. This album dares to take them also in the direction of some progressive thrash and death metal, and I thank them for this. Weird to me is the fact that they've been around since 1999, but this is their debut album.
 
The only thin I can comment on negatively is that their lyrics are a complete mystery to me. I mean they’re included in the booklet, but I have no idea what this guy is talking about, except for Satanism, death, war, disease, and the other usual Christmas topics. Black metal heads, buy this stuff!! It’s truly grim and necro, but more brutal. ;)
Riul Doamnei - Apocryphal
84/1001Details Deadsun Records
Released on Thursday Mar 8th, 2007
Black Metal

Writer @DemonDust on Thursday Mar 8th, 2007

Tags: #Riul Doamnei
Tracklisting 1. Rev. 9:01
2. Nebula
3. Forgiveness Asleep At The Tyrants Palace
4. Hypostasis Of The Archons
5. Siege Dawn To The Pillars Of Heaven
6. Legacy In Violation
7. Haeretica (18th March 1314)
8. Thy Name Is Legion
9. Sindon Consecration Sophisticated
10. Magdalene For Vesper Requiem
11. The Last Supper
Line up Federico - vocals/guitar
Maurizio - lead guitar
Enrico - drums
Giorgio - synthesizer
Fabrizio - bass