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Angizia, "Die Kemenaten Scharlachroter Licther"
Angizia
Die Kemenaten Scharlachroter Licther
1997
Angizia, "Die Kemenaten Scharlachroter Licther"

Angizia are not a band who produce "metal" of any form. Why are they here and why does their name crop up every now and again? The reason - because it is extreme music. Take a string quartet, get them to play operatic type music, add a distorted guitar buried deep in the mix every now and again, and some growly vocals to counter balance the operatic female lead - that's Angizia. I don't think there is a middle ground here, you either love it or hate it with a passion. Out of about 10 friends who have heard it, one loves it - the rest hate it. Not good odds.

Most of the songs alternate between the raspy growl and sweet high pitched singing of Aastedet, with occasional duets. It almost reminds me of a Broadway musical approach, with some folk influences. I can see this in, say, Phantom of the Opera. Lets face it, the only "black metal" aspect to this is the vocals. The fourth track actually does have a guitar solo that is a plinky sort of affair, probably done on a mandolin,

Try and find a track for free somewhere and see what you think. I'm not saying it's bad - just different, very different. If you are a hardened black metal fan who enjoys popping off to the opera every other week, this is for you.

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