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

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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