This is a zine dedicated to Symphonic and gothic metal

REVIEW OF THE ALBUM “DΞCRΞTUM” BY RISING SUNSET

Rising Sunset-‘DECRETUM’ 2016

Rising Sunset are a  5 piece female fronted Symphonic Gothic Metal band from Malta.‘DECRETUM’ is is their 3rd album.

Rising Sunset are:

Christa Calamatta: Main vocals
Carlo Calamatta: Lead / Rhythm guitars & growl Vox
Joseph Camilleri: Rhythm guitar & growl vox
Clifford Smith: Bass guitar
Ian Spiteri: Keyboards
Frederick Bowman: Drums

Let’s see  track by track what offering this album:

1.TOWER OF BABEL :

The song starts with symphonic orchestration  and enters the pounding drums with the heavy guitars, the male growls join into and give place to the female operatic voice. A pleasant number to open the album  with powerful operatic vocals.

RUNNING TIME :5.46

RATING: 9.8

2. NEPHELIM:

A very good track with excellent guitar riffs and the perfect combination of vocals in the way of  the beauty and the beast.The harsh and operatic in a perfect balance!

RUNNING TIME :4.23

RATING: 9.6

3.THE LAST DAY OF POMPEII :

Another track with the perfect dramatic voice of Christa, the guitars sound strong and the bass driving pretty much good.The guitar solo support the female voice and the back growls.The track ends wit soft gently piano.

RUNNING TIME :5.13

RATING: 9.6

4.BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE:

Opens with power guitar riffs to enter the growls and after the operatic voice in one epic way.Wonderful guitar work mixes well with the great arrangements that have symphonic style touches and hints of a Gothic influence. 

RUNNING TIME :4.52

RATING: 9.5

5.RAMESES II :

Lots of symphonic flavours in this number, mixed with Gothic tints and colours and at times, once again the female voice haunting us. An excellent number with a dramatic theatrical feel.

 

RUNNING TIME :4.58

RATING: 9.5

6.AT THE GATES OF TIBERIAS :

We run a piece with powerful, atmospheric intro with soaring choirs and orchestrations and enter the growls with the operatic voice,in the middle the solos are heavy with some east sounding influences .The bigger in time track of the album.

RUNNING TIME :8.14

RATING: 9.8

7.CALIGULA:

Symphonic arrangement intro  and the harsh male gothic voice  gives to the song the dramatic tone.The operatic female voice enters under the sound of the thumping drums and the weep of the electric guitar.

RUNNING TIME :5.08

RATING: 9.5

8.DESERT FATHERS:

Crazy power drums start the track,the male growls join into and after the magnificent female voice lead to the song.One song with a symphonic background and very dark gothic male vocals

RUNNING TIME :6.45

RATING: 9.7

 

Finally:

Each song has it’s own unique sound and progression to it, and while the album keeps it’s aforementioned consistent atmosphere, each song brings in it’s own element that can keep a listener guessing until the end.This band are proving that they can become a force in the symphonic gothic metal genre with great musicians and perfect soprano singer.

The album highly recommended !!

RATING:9.63

For more information on Rising Sunset visit their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/risingsunsetmalta

 

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