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Scholomance
A Treatise On Love (The End Records)

By: Jeb Branin

SCHOLOMANCE pushes the envelope of dark metal and in doing so creates a distinctive sound unlike anything the scene has to offer. Progressive keyboards dominate their music furnishing everything from rhythm to melody lines to solos. And we're not talking watered down keyboard interludes, weGre talking full on solos not too dissimilar to the organ work that is the trademark of late 60's and early seventies prog rock. The guitar adds to the melodic structure of the songs and ties everything together. There are several accomplished solos from the guitar as well. Subtlety is not a word often used in connection with black metal but it is appropriate for this CD. The music is rich with nuances and textures that keep the listener intrigued throughout the album and allow for new discoveries with each subsequent spin. The vocals are, for the most part, blackened screeches and counterbalance the music. Overall this is a striking band that does marvelous things for the dark metal scene as a whole by opening new doors with their bold and innovative sound. I only wish the band had a real drummer. A jazz percussionist would push this band to yet another entirely new plateau.
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