OK, what is it with ROSSOMAHAAR and Latin album titles? At first two years ago "Imperium Tenebrarum", this time around "Quaerite Lux In Tenebris…", ok, with subtitle, but still. Any more parallels with the Moscovite trio?
Yes, their musical direction still is a blistering version of Black Metal with some Death Metal influences, a good bunch of melodies, but overall heavy as hell. Just like their debut in 2001, on "Quaerite Lux In Tenebris…" (on the cover even written in Greek letters!) the gentlemen Lazar, Kniaz and Yanarrdakh unleash a furious and technically very proficient maelstrom of churning guitars, hammering drums and Lazar's demonic voice, packed into an excellent production courtesy of Moscow's CDM Records Studio, produced by Lazar and Kniaz themselves, congratulations to this!
But again they do not make the mistake of just blasting through their songs, but they loosen them up by calmer breakdowns and generally varying tempos, from blastbeats over double bass to a regular mid paced beat, but more often than not ROSSOMAHAAR stands for high to blistering tempos with great intensity within the songs. The title track "Quaerite Lux In Tenebris (Exploring The External Worlds)" is a really excellent example for this, as we get absolutely everything that ROSSOMAHAAR have in their sound, neatly packed into one almost six minute song, very good one, also perfect to check this band out.
The instrumental "Sacred War" then brings us a breather from the ferocity of the surrounding compositions, very well done, before "Crescent Moon (The Final Celebration)" lets all hell break loose again (a pretty variable hell, if I may add) and "Those Spectres Within (Eternal Is The Nothingness I've Emerged From)" once more proves to us that ROSSOMAHAAR are masters of well arranged and structured Black Metal.
Compared with their debut, the Russians have added some heaviness on "Quaerite Lux In Tenebris…", but without neglecting structure and also melodies, so if you like your Melodic Black fast and furious, with keyboards really only accentuating, then the second release of ROSSOMAHAAR should pretty much be up your alley!
Available at www.metal-cd.ru! (Online June 28, 2003)