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Signatura Rerum: In Sfarsit ...
Symphonic Black Metal
Self-release
August 1st, 2013
Release length: 31:00
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Romania’s Signatura Rerum is a Symphonic Black Metal band that was founded back in 2012. That very year, the band issued their first single, “Muntele Inghetat,” which later found its way onto In Sfarsit …, the band’s début full-length album. This release has been made available through their Bandcamp page as a free download, and is only available in digital format. With a strong focus on atmosphere, does this four-piece present a solid album worth your time, or, even at free, is it just not worth your time?

In Sfarsit … does find the songs being linking together in a manner that makes it seem conceptual. “In” sets the grim mood well through the use of distant church bells and some restrained screaming against a hum that grows louder, pushing a desolate environment. Clean guitar notes and harsh whispers introduce “Muntele Inghetat,” finding some catchy riffs that hold a hint of melody in the vein of early Dissection, and some simple keyboards that give a subtle Symphonic touch most of the time. Some of the more complex passages, such as around the four minute mark, do find the notes a little more technical and dominating to the mix, giving the performance a bit of a mystical touch that helps fill the gap the thinner audio quality creates, as well as help mask the louder snares of the drum kit.

As “Muntele Inghetat” ends much like how it begins, it bleeds into “Blestem Soptit” and the mid-tempo performance it brings. The restrained raspy vocals stick out a little more here, as the guitars create some eerie tension as they work with the additional keyboards. There are some clean vocals, much like the previous track, and for as brief as they are, these fit the flow of the song a little better, feeling more at home thanks to the transitions utilized. Towards the end, the guitars begin to fade, and the mixture of flute-like keyboards with the deeper bass guitar notes becomes unsettling before the music blurs like water color paints hitting the wet canvas, shifting into “Apusul.” This starts off a bit rough, hurt by the weaker audio quality that drops the deeper tones almost entirely. This goes in and out through the whole song, especially during the guitar solos, which aren’t always the most impressive. Sadly, it does take away from the atmospheric impact of the song, but the music does become richer later, and the performance itself is still a solid experience for the entire eleven plus minutes, moving seamlessly into “Din,” which is essentially picks up where “In” left off.

In Sfarsit … is a promising album that is plagued by its audio quality. “In” and “Din” don’t suffer too much, but it does restrain the impact a bit on “Muntele Inghetat” and “Blestem Soptit.” “Apusul” winds up hurt the most, which is sad since the performance itself is well executed, and still manages to create the desolate and creepy environments the other songs establish. The symphonic elements from the keyboards could have had a little more substance to them as well, though what is here does still help enrich the music, especially when the pace picks up. Signatura Rerum‘s debut album definitely shows a band that has a good deal of potential, as well as room to grow. If you’re a fan of groups like Dissection and Emperor, then grabbing this free album is a no-brainer, as this is one Black Metal group worth keeping a close eye on.

01. In – 2:01
02. Muntele Inghetat – 8:33
03. Blestem Soptit – 6:53
04. Apusul – 11:27
05. Din – 2:04
Initial Pressing Score: 7/10

Signatura Rerum
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Signatura Rerum.