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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 7:10 pm    Post subject: Hollenthon - opus magnum (2008) Reply with quote

Hollenthon are a project Symphonic Death Metal band from Austria, featuring members of other Austrian extreme metal bands such as Pungent Stench and Belphegor.

For those who are not familiar with this sub-genre of Death Metal.. the music basically features your typical metal quartet of death metal vocals, guitars, bass and drums accompanied by interludes of what appears to be a full classical symphonic orchestra and classical choirs.

The fact that Hollenthon are a germanic metal band explains the fact that Opus Magnum is heavily influenced by composers such as Richard Wagner and his melodramatic Operas, and Carl Orff's choral music, which have influenced pretty much *every* single cheesy hollywood soundtrack featuring choirs..

This album features some of the best combination of classical wagnerian music and death metal put to record.
The music is always full of interesting twists and turns, with a heavy melodramatic symphonic bent and occasional female vocals.

Despite the symphonic accompaniment, the songs are always heavy and don't stray too far into melodic territory, like some of the female fronted symphonic metal bands from Scandinavia.

A very interesting and original album that is worth a listen.
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