The Spear of the Lily is Aureoled (THE END Records)
By: Jeb Branin
This is metal music that soars on the beautiful wings of a dove one moment and dives towards the sulphur spewing pits of the underworld the next. The beauty of and splendor captured here is remarkable. Black metal bands have been trying to sculpt albums like this for years... At least they now have a model. Petal soft melody is juxtaposed against metallic crunch and is then intertwined with various embellishments like a jazz horn and improv. The vocals trade off between death growls and ultra-clean singing. The production is flawless and the entire disc from music to packaging screams class.
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