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On disc: Interitus Dei

In Motion - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars

In Motion

In Motion
(Black Bards - 2009)

Interitus Dei aren't a new band, but coming from Romania isn't a big help. Anyway, the Constanta-based band is presenting their 4th album which is called In Motion. They can be labelled gothic metal, but they cross boarders. At the opening track In Motion... they add growls and the heavy riffing has some similarities to metalcore... Tribal-influences drumming is leading you into When The Metal Meets The Flesh. The growls give the song an aggressive touch, but the clean vocals are a bit too whiny... In my opinion they would do better only using the growls, even if that get them closer to pagan / Viking bands... At Rain Of Fire the clean vocals remind me a bit of some 80's dark wave band... But growls and heavy guitar riffs show that this is a metal band. An interesting combination. At The Portrait Of Pain the clean vocals annoy me, but as so often vocals are a matter of taste... The guitar work is solid and fits well to the song. At Arabia they not just add some Oriental sounds, they also add the vocals of a muezzin. An interesting tune is The Memories Of The Snake, first slow and acoustic, then they speed up and get more heavy. They switch back and forth, but again the growls are more convincing. The last track is a cover version of a Cuban folk song about Dr. Ernesto Guevara, better known as Che Guevara - Hasta Siempre Commandante Che Guevara. Somehow the clean vocals seem to fit here much better... The Spanish vocals sound quite good, cool idea.
Not a bad album, but I think that the clean vocals are not everybody's favorite... And pretty often the vocals are what make you dig an album. I can only recommend to check the Romanians out, listen to Rain Of Fire, Lord Of Flies and The Memories Of The Snake.

7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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