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CADAVERIA
CADAVERIA
The Shadow's Madame
(Scarlet Records)
38:23min

Judging this album only by its layout and title could be a very deceptive experience, because you could be rightfully led to think that CADEVERIA is a Dark / Goth outfit, or a Black Metal one. The reality reveals itself far more complex than that. CADAVERIA (the band) is none other than the new project of Cadaveria (the woman), formerly the OPERA IX vocalist. Having never been exposed to the music of the latter, I can't appreciate if "The Shabow's Madame" marks an evolution from things past for Cadaveria. What I can say though is that this first offering by this new act comes out as a surprisingly enjoying one. Cadaveria gathered some talented musicians around her and among them the ex-NECRODEATH vocalist Flegias who is featured here with his true name (Marcelo Santos, well I am not too sure after all it is not a pseudonym too) and who handles the drumming duty by the way. Those who wait for a Black Metal project here would be disappointed, because the CADAVERIA music is ninety percent Heavy Metal oriented, with some Black Metal and goth vibes here and there. The music makes me think of NWOBHM revamped through modern technology, I detected some IRON MAIDEN and WITCHFYNDE influences at more than one occasion. All of the seven tracks featured here run at mid-paced speed but keep the listener attention all along, an achievement for these days. The songs are wrapped by nice bombastic yet aerial synths, and the band is obviously concerned by epic and dark grandeur. The production (handled by the NECRODEATH bassist who plays also on this album) sounds very powerful and clear, even if the drums should have deserved more exposure, in fact they are a little buried in the mix, a minor flaw really. Needless to say, Cadaveria is the main attraction here, her raw and intense singing reminds me the late Dawn Crosby's one, with a lot of passion in it. CADAVERIA are certainly a band to check out as this first promising offering sounds very fresh. Give them a try!

Edouard Vergriete

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