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Of course it still is black (but not metal) so the shrieks are still there, and fortunately for those that dislike those over-powering vocals the mixing has combined them very softly. All in all it's this being black but not being metal that interests me: Putting aside the tried and tested forms of Black Metal, Bishop Of Hexen maintain some strong guitar riffs, but have opted to let the synth dominate the music -- and if you listen closely I believe that's the guitar SUPPORTING the synth. No, this is definitely not an album for metal purists. The resulting sound is atmospheric gothic, and dark -- at times (especially the song "Wading Through Sensuous Journeys") I'd venture to call it dark ballroom.
The vocals vary between shrieking, some deep spoken word, and a bit of growling. Frankly however, at some point one just loses interest in the vocals and the emotion of the music overwhelms them to the point where at most, their presence is merely felt as another distorted instrument. This is is good in the sense that it is different, but bad because judging by the lyrics sheet they have plenty of things to tell you.
Bishop Of Hexen is definitely appealing to a slightly different audience than say Cradle Of Filth, which from my point of view is definitely a good thing. In the truest sense, they have a strong European high-society gothic sound. The album is very refreshing, and despite the very questionable mixing, offers some very enjoyable music.
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