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Illnath – Third Act In The Theatre Of Madness [2011]

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , on 1st November 2011 by Pieni

Band: Illnath
Album: Third Act In The Theatre Of Madness
Release year: 2011
Genre: Symphonic Black Metal

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After a 2-album affair with Worldchaos Production, Danish Illnath
went solo and self-released an EP earlier this year, “Lead The Way”. This work caught the attention of Pitch Black Records, who signed the band and now brings us “Third Act In The Theatre Of Madness”.

Although an extreme female singer is not exactly new, I’m pretty sure most of you will be surprised to know that the vocals in Illnath are provided by a woman, Mona Beck. But she also uses clean tones here and there – the opening track “Third Act” even has a few seconds with a really girlie-like voice, almost lyric – which, in my humble opinion, wins some points over her predecessor Bjørn “Narrenschiff” Holter, given the higher contrast.

The drummer, Dennis Stockmarr, is also new, although I’m still not sure if he’s part of the band “for real” or just a session musician. Whatever the case, I’m glad they opted for a human musician instead of a machine, like so many other black metal bands do.

The music is fast, as it’s supposed to be, but the melodic parts are more than that, as the strings and synths produce a too much elaborated mesh to be called simply “melodic”.

I highlight the keys in “Third Act” and “Snake Of Eden”, the bass and two-voiced chorus in “Scarecrow”, the guitars in “Lead The Way”, “Shorthanded” and “Vampiria” (no, not a Moonspell cover). “Fall Of Giants” is probably the fastest song, while “Spring Will Come” (an antithesis to the moto of the “Game of Thrones” tv series, maybe?) is the softest – if we can use such a term in this genre of music. Bottom line is – this album is full of highlights, and I’m sure you’ll all find different ones to these I’ve mentioned.

4.5/5

Renata “Pieni” Lino

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Illnath Joins Pitch Black Records

Posted in News with tags , , , on 4th October 2011 by Nico Davidson

PITCH BLACK RECORDS announces the addition of Danish female-fronted melodic death metal outfit ILLNATH into its roster of artists with the band’s third release, “Third Act in the Theatre of Madness” scheduled for release on November 18th (21st in the UK) 2011.

Formed in 1999, ILLNATH are a band which has evolved explosively through the years. Initially labeled as a symphonic black metal act their style is now a “mature” blend of melodic/symphonic death metal.

Having released a demo in 2000, IILLNATH’s debut album (“Cast into Fields of Evil Pleasure”) came in 2003 with the follow-up (“Second Skin of Harlequin”) in 2006. The band toured extensively in Europe and has also played in various European festivals. The band’s third album (“Third Act in the Theatre of Madness”) is the band’s most melodic yet at the same time extreme offering to date.

The band has a completely new lineup comprised of original member Pete Falk on guitars (also handling the main songwriting tasks), the powerful voice of Mona Beck, the killer basslines of Kenneth Frandsen and session drummer Reno Killerich.

“Third Act in the Theatre of Madness” will be available worldwide through Pitch Black Records and its distribution partners as well as through all major mp3 stores. The CD version will also feature a bonus track.

Subscribers to the Pitch Black Records mailing list were the first to check out a track off the album and that track is now available at http://www.pitchblackrecords.com.

Tracklisting:
1. Third Act
2. Scarecrow
3. Lead the Way
4. Snake of Eden
5. Shorthanded
6. Spring Will Come
7. Tree of Life and Death
8. Fall of Giants
9. Vampiria
10. Kingship Incarnate (CD Bonus)

More information at www.pitchblackrecords.com.

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