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- Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia - Roberto Palmitesta - 10 stars

Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia

Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia
(Nuclear Blast - 2001)

Impressive, impacting, brilliant, terrorizing, amazing, surprising, evolving, breath taking and inspired may be some of the words to sum up the description of the last record of one of the best black – death metal bands in the world. With Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia BORGIR, bring us a masterpiece which may be the best album on band's career, and also one of the best releases on the genre's history.
Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia is an album were the black and death metal join in perfect harmony, full of exquisite arrangements of orchestra and keyboards that creates the perfect landscapes, strong guitar at which the chords travel at the speed of light creating melodies hard to describe, wild and heartrending voices and a powerful and devastating drum work that some times you get to think that is a programming... but is not! Is Mr. Nicholas on drums!.
There are many elements on this album that make it so unique and diverse on sounds and styles, but may be the main element would be the joining of musicians from other recognized bands like Borknagar (Vortex on bass guitar), Cradle Of Filth (Nicholas on drums) and Old Man's Child (Galder on guitars). Another thing that deserve to be mentioned is the way that programming effects were used as much for details as for to make look the work of the instruments more complete. The work of the 13 musicians orchestra is something that also have to be mentioned on this review, because is the responsible of many of the atmo­spheres, landscapes and dark – sweet melodies of the album. Most part of the music for this orchestra was composed by Mustys the keyboard player one of the main characters in the album. Vortex was another main character with an impeccable work on bass, with many progressive drops and making the clean voices that remain David Gilmour of Pink Floyd.
Production cannot be left behind. Was brilliantly released by Fredrik Nordström who had worked before with recognized bands like Opeth and In Flames. Nordström with Opeth was able to perfectly fit all the elements of the record in a way that none of this elements.

10 stars

Roberto Palmitesta


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