MetalBite Review by Chris on 8/6/2001
Do you know what’s the worst thing about these types of records? The fact that they are ‘just’ solid. There are not many flaws on “Dim Carcosa”
but on the other hand there is not enough of greatness that would make it rise well above the genre’s standard level. Ancient Rites
decided to stay within the accepted and well used formula and deliver their 4th studio release, which with its ups and downs ends up as just another firm black metal CD.
are a very unique band. They are one of the most respected bands in the whole black metal scene, starting from the most radical true black metal fans to the newer incarnations ala Cradle of Filth
or Dimmu Borgir
. Why? Because they are the precursors of the new wave of European black metal from which they never took advantage of in their promotional campaigns. Throughout the years they faced adversity, a member’s death, bad promotion, you name it, but in the end they always ended up standing tall, stronger than ever. And nothing changed this time... After switching the labels from Mascot to Hammerheart Records our Belgian quintet delivered their most complete work in the name of “Dim Carcosa”
What we have here is symphonic black-epic-power metal mixed with very well written lyrics and very powerful guitar solos, which unfortunately are very rare in this genre. Their main brain, Gunther Theys (vocals/bass) spent countless days reading and researching European history so we could enjoy more or less known legends of the Old Continent. Just listen to ‘Victory Of Valhalla’, ‘Götterdämmerung (Twilight Of The Gods)’
or ‘Lindisfarne (Anno 793)’
to reveal their fascination and interest for the ancient history. And music... as I said before very solid with fantastic choruses, good arrangements and clean production (maybe except a bit too machine sounding drums)... And one more thing, even though this is nothing new in this genre, I’m very impressed with the simply outstanding piano parts.
Overall very good album from a very good band. Recommended to any serious metalhead.
out of 10