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Strix - Maledicte In Aeternum

Strix - Maledicte In Aeternum by Opera IX
Released: Mar 2012
Label: Agonia Records
This creepy-crawly Italian black metal album's title Google-translates as "Owl: Cursed in Eternity" -- what a hoot! Opera IX, said to be symphonic goth pagans, are artsiest and most intriguing in their opening prologue (Gregorian chants, big bells, inverted Latin words) and eight-minute closer "Historia Nocturna" (almost coherently composed, from nearly grooving start to folkish end.) Between, it's your usual random zombie-moaned and demon-screeched blood sacrifice, with sporadic rock-derived guitar lines, Laibach-like brassiness, and classical gassiness lost deep in the mulch.
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