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Damnation Of Regiomontum

Tvangeste - Damnation Of Regiomontum ©2000 Valgalder
1. From Nameless Oracle
2. Angel's Retreat
3. Damnation Of Regiomontum
4. Thinking...
5. Born To Be King Of Innerself
6. Untitled Track

Arriving on the international music scene from Russia, Tvangeste is yet another symphonically melodic black metal band who seem to have visions of Dimmu Borgir success firmly in sight. Chances are, unless you own but two records in this vein of black metal, you've heard this all before and in better form. Damnation of Regiomontum is a lengthy, competently played but highly mediocre and unengaging affair that offers five extremely long songs and one quick unnamed instrumental album closer. In fact, the five songs presented here range between eight and thirteen minutes in length, which demand that Tvangeste give the listener something interesting within those songs to keep them interesting and unfortunately they fail to do that. The CD gives listeners all the typical elements of today's keyboard soaked black metal: speedy double bass underlinings, raspy troll vocals, occasional warbling female vocals, melodic guitar leads and overly-dramatic synthesized symphonics. You heard this on Dimmu Borgir's Stormblast and you've heard this in countless imitations such as Agathodaimon, Mäctatus, Mystic Circle or the Napalm Records' roster, including Trail of Tears or Siebenburgen. Regardless of who Tvangeste is following in shadows, the fact is that this rather lumbering, cumbersome disc is lacking its own identity and songwriting proficiency to make it anything more than yet another entry into a far too crowded field of artists.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 06/2001

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