We've heard a lot about OPERA IX these last times. Their former album, "The Black Opera", was a very good quality album, and the consequence of that fact is that it simply sold quite well. Else, OPERA IX is also certainly one of the best Italian Black Metal-bands…which is also not so difficult, considering the fact that their only competition is made by such bands as EVOL and so on.
Sadly, since "The Black Opera", OPERA IX have lost one of their major cards, their former female lead singer, who had quite a strong and evil voice. They haven't won much with her male replacement, and in addition to that, this line-up-change has certainly had some consequences on their writing way, because apart from the title track, from "Forgotten Gods" and its bagpipes, and from "In The Raven's Eyes", that are good tracks, this new album is definitely not as good as its predecessor.
There's then one question to ask: was their former singer the main writer in the band, her departure causing OPERA IX to go back to the second league, or is this simply a sort of accidental lack of inspiration?
The future will tell us, but time will certainly pass quickly above "Maleventum".