A Touch of Death
Style: Melodic Black Metal
Release date: 15 April, 2011
Playing time: 35:37

No need to introduce melodic death metal from Sweden. What about crossing the border now to get some Norwegian melodic black metal. The promotion paper I got is describing Subliritum’s music in the vein Satyricon, Emperor and other classic bands. Why not, but it is really a too short shortcut. Subliritum has its own personality.

Jonas Moen (vocals), Sverre Berntsen (guitars), Kristian Moen (bass, keyboards) and Dag Leistad Müller (guitars) come from Trondheim, where you can visit Nidaros Cathedral, built in Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles. Many scupltures adorn the Cathedral West Front restored during the 20th century. One of them represents Bishop Sigurd bearing a bowl with three heads of his nephews. The band took it for its CD cover. As your servant, you can be atheist and interested in religious architecture history: no contradiction in that...

“A Touch of Death” is not so far away from Keep of Kalessin and its excellent “Reptilian”. It is indeed not fortuitous that KoK’s drummer Vyl plays also here or that Thebon sings as guest. They were actually founding members of Subliritum in 1999 and joined Keep of Kalessin half a decade later.

Epic and progressive, but also concise and catchy, “A Touch of Death” is superbly composed and executed. It revives in me the same feeling I got when I discovered Dissection “Storm of the Light's Bane” or Dimmu Borgir “Enthrone Darkness Triumphant”, many years ago.

01. No Tomorrow (5:05)
02. Indulcence (5:59)
03. The Beast (4:04)
04. Back to Zero (6:38)
05. Memories (0:46)
06. Cease To Be (4:36)
07. Berserk (4:16)
08. A Touch of Death (4:13)
Label: Battlegod Productions
Distribution: Twilight
Promotion: Sure Shot Worx
Reviewed by: Philippe Leconte
Date: 4 June, 2011