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Friday, January 18, 2013

Review of "Conclamatum Est" by Arcane for Pagan Roots

"The cover is a medieval painting and represents the Battle of Aljubarrota in 1385 between Portugal and Spain, where the Lusitanian troops with 300 soldiers, won to the Iberian army with hundreds of men. "Conclamatum Est" is Latin for "Was Given Voice to Sadness".This album is divided in two parts or chapters, "Caput I - Tristitia, Absentia, Molestia" (Chapter I - Sadness, Absence, Suffering), that is from the track 1 to 9 - the part of the original themes and "Caput II - Tributum (Chapter II - Tribute)", track 10 to 16 - the part of the cover songs.

Conclusion: 3 / 5

Antiquus Scriptum has grown into a mature band from the Lusitanian underground and this is their best album yet. The music evolved into their own metal style with distinctive vocals and chanting. They play epic medieval metal with some folk elements and deal with historical events. The songs are long and diverse with strong compositions. There are a lot of synths, which is sometimes an overkill and sometimes even annoying, but most of the time they add a lot of bombastic elements and make the music so epic. There are also a few folk instruments on the album like tin whistle and Uilleann pipes. The drums, guitars and vocals are also much better than previous releases. The bonus songs are also good covers and a nice addition."Den Nordiske Sjel Lever I Meg" is an awesome viking metal song with catchy riffs, folky synths and acoustic guitar. "Remember Me as King" is another epic song with a lot going on.
 I'm sure that Sacerdos Magus will release more epic albums in the future! Humble review written by Arcane (Pagan Roots Blogspot)".

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