Power of Metal.dk Review

Black Oath
Ov Qliphoth and Darkness
Style: Doom
Release date: 15 June, 2013
Playing time: 51:02

This is probably one of the darkest intros I've heard in a long time! And, yeah, I know next to nothing about Wiccan rituals, so I also had to look up what Esbat is. The same goes for the the Qliphoth in the title of the album, by the way. So the scene is set with words of darkness which I get and a super heavy intro. Excellent.

Thing is that what comes next isn't quite that heavy. ...for His Coming is to say it the least a less inspired doom metal. Luckily, things become a bit more interesting with Sinful Waters, and in fact the standard is high for the rest of the album - especially the title track stands out as something special compared to the rest of the songs. But there is one more thing, though:

I hate to potentially ruin this one for you all, but I find it very distracting when the singer of a doom metal band sounds a lot like Dexter Holland from The Offspring. Remember The Offspring? Pretty Fly for a White Guy and Self Esteem? But he does! He really does sound like him! Only, in a slower version of course, and less tongue-in-cheek. Between the lines I'm also saying that Black Oath singer A.th isn't exactly a Messiah Marcolin, but more of a, how shall I put it...common voice, verging on the uninspiring.

All in all, the effort from this Italian crew is approved, but in my book, there is still lots of room for improvement.

1. Esbat (Lamiae Sinagoge Pt. 2)
2. ...for His Coming
3. Sinful Waters
4. Scent of a Burning Witch
5. Witch Night Curse
6. Drakon, Its Shadow Upon Us
7. Ov Qliphoth and Darkness
8. ..My Death
Label: I Hate Records
Distribution: I Hate Records
Artwork rating: 75/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: 3 July, 2013
Website: Black Oath @facebook