There are four things that pops up in my mind after listening to Domini Tenebrarum, the debut full-length from Portuguese Caedeous. King Diamond is one, two is 90ties black metal, Diamanda Galas being the third with The Litanies of Satan era and fourth is modern symphonic black metal like for example Carach Angren.
So what have those four things in common? Well, Caedeous managed to squeeze it all onto an record and called it Domini Tenebrarum. King Diamond for the storytelling with the narrative voice what Rute Fevereiro does besides growling, screaming, clean singing and opera voice, I had to triple check before I believed it was her on her own doing all the vocals, the 90ties black metal for the sound on Domini Tenebrarum which has a strong 90ties vibe, Diamanda Galas for the insane vocals that Rute can deliver and modern black metal for the fact that Caedeous makes modern black metal like for example Carach Angren. If you’re wondering why King Diamond pops up while Carach Angren is also doing the storytelling stuff, I’m from an era when symphonic black metal, well, just didn’t exist yet and the King was back then the delivery guy for horror metal. And since we are talking about old stuff now, did you know Diamanda Galas masterpiece The Litanies of Satan dates from 1982?
Enough about other bands, we are here for Caedeous and it’s creative mastermind Paulo J. Mendes who arranged all the songs and wrote also orchestral versions for each song and released those songs in December 2017 under the moniker Orchestral Sessions: Domini Tenebrarum and you should also check this album out, especially if you’re into orchestral movie scores with female opera vocals.
Domini Tenebrarum, the symphonic black metal album from Caedeous, just buy it, you won’t regret it. While it may not be the groundbreaking record you’ve been searching your whole life for, it’s an album that will satisfy your “new records’ thirst for at least a week or two cause Domini Tenebrarum has a lot to offer. And if you order the physical cd, it comes as deluxe edition with the metal version and the orchestral version of Domini Tenebrarum.
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