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Scholomance
The Immortality Murder
March 2002
Released: 2001, The End Records
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: JP

Two words come to mind when writing this review and thinking of this CD. Ambitious. Successful. Scholomance have succeeded in creating an ambitious masterpiece. This CD may not be immediately accessible to many mainstream metal fans. It is a brilliant blend of death and progressive metal. I was worried that it might be to mellow for the true death fans and the vocals would turn off the prog fans but the band has succeed in creating this fairly unique blend and it works.



The packaging as is always the case with The End Records is very high quality. The cover is disturbing, which is a good thing, a picture of self (?) mutilation with religious overtones. The booklet is gorgeous and there is a very cool added bonus of a second disc of instrumental variations of the actual CD. You can see what I mean by ambitious, a new band putting out a lyrical and musically complex double CD!



Everything about this is total class. The production powerful and heavy, everything in it’s proper place. The vocals are raw, aggressive and death like. The song structures are very progressive with many breaks in style, temp and mood. The whole vibe is a bit gothic, not in the weepy violins and female vocals euro-goth way, but more in a gloomy doom-death fashion.



The lyrics are intelligent and complex, not a CD you can easily sing along too! I can’t remember the last time I read lyrics about Darwin in a metal CD, but it goes to show the lyrical depth. There is a quasi-religious overtone to the whole CD as well, maybe not so much religious as spiritual. A complex and absorbing listen.



Often a disc will come with some promotional material, usually filled with amazing passages of poetic praise claiming the band to be the next coming of the gods of metal. Usually I ignore that form of shameless self –promotion, but in this case the promo material was pretty accurate. It states, “The Immortality Murder must surely be one of the most groundbreaking releases ever in a progressive movement that seeks, above all, to widen the traditionally conservative heavy metal genre’s musical powers…” I totally agree. To learn about this band and other fine quality releases check out http://www.theendrecords.com
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Scholomance
The Immortality Murder
April 2002
Released: 2002, The End Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Arto Lehtinen

The shocking front cover with the slitted and a huge carved bleeding cross on man's stomach and two cds included to the same covers may arise anyone's hair up a little bit pondering what the heck this is supposed to be. Taking a closer glance at the details of Scholomance's cds reveals the whole cd package has been divided to two separate cds, as the first one includes the stuff with the growling whereas the second one is an entire instrumental one…Hmm Frankly speaking Scholomance’s music ain’t the easiest one to adopt by listening to it only once as their material definitely material demands more time in order to concentrate and internalize the complex musical approach of Scholomance. Without going really in-depth analyzation of the cd, it could be stated the band mainly tried to various style of metal, from the melodic power metal via avantgarde style to the black metal approach and everything between and especially the vocal deliveries have more or less been influenced by the black metal style as the vocalist sounds very very and has nasty and vicious key. In some way the Immortality Murder album has been wanted to be a real pretentious and ambitious piece of work with complex and melodic parts tied up and added to every track. Unfortunately these kinds of products usually fail bitterly or then sound quite medicore in a listener’s ears and Scholomance’s cd in the long run turns out to be quite boring if the cd is listened as a whole, but listening to it piece by piece is more is more reasonable…



But believe or not the whole opus sounds even better and more interesting without the vocals on the cd as even the instru cds gives more vibes and ideas what kind of musical ideas and visions the Scholomance guys have tried to carry out, whereas the traditional vicious sounding vocals may been added to catch extreme metal listeners…



Interesting opus, but quite boring in the long run….



Web: http://www.theendrecords.com
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