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Peccatum - Oh My Regrets (5,5/10) - Norway - 2000

Genre: Black Metal
Label: Candlelight Records
Playing time: 19:09
Band homepage: Peccatum

Tracklist:

  1. Rise, Ye Humans
  2. Oh, My Regrets
  3. Blood Red Skies
Peccatum - Oh My Regrets
The trio of EMPEROR's Ihsahn, SOURCE OF TIDE's Lord PZ and Ihriel never had been among the most accessible bands, a reputation they keep up with their mini-CD "Oh, My Regrets" almost effortlessly.

The two original compositions "Rise, Ye Humans" and "Oh, My Regrets" both are very avantgardistic, equipped with violin, female opera-vocals and Ihsahn's theatralic voice, and need quite a lot of time to get into them.

But the icing on the cake is the closing "Blood Red Skies", which you can barely recognise as a JUDAS PRIEST-song in the beginning. Starting with a lonesome violin and then opera-vox, it turns into a drum-computer-driven mid-tempo-song with guitars and Ihsahn's rough voice, culminating in the theatralic chorus, but then returning to the violin and Ihriel.

So "Oh, My Regrets" really is some hardly digestible stuff and absolutely unsuited for the "standard listener". But who likes to venture into un-explored terrain, will have an interesting experience with PECCATUM, not least due to the cover-version.

Alexander Melzer



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