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January 31, 2010

Elvira Madigan ~ Regent Sie

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Style: symphonic black metal, Swedish
Label: Black Lodge
Year: 2008
Home: Sweden

Members: Marcus H. Madigan ~ all instruments

I came across a Youtube video of Elvira Madigan & was immediately impressed. Impressed enough to immediately buy all their albums. Their? Actually, it should be - him. Elvira Madigan is the NIN of Swedish symphonic black metal, being one creative genius Marcus H. Madigan, whose passionate musical drive clearly comes through on all his albums. The most aggressive Madigan album, Regent Sie is a carefully conceived concept album of one long morbid story including the best of symphonic metal & the best of black metal with some very ornate lyrics along the way. It’s full title: Regent Sie: She-devils of Demonlore of Blood, Crosses & Biblewars clearly hints at what can be expected. To call this a potpourri of a more symphonic Cradle of Filth, a darker Mastodon & the ethereal elements of Opeth might describe the sound but it does little justice. Keyboards & guitars take equal time here, moving seamlessly between heavy riffs, solos & painfully sparse bridges, with a delightful mix of vocal styles that on first listen feels like multiple singers, which particularly got my attention on Youtube. If you like black metal & haven't heard the musical world of Elvira Madigan then waste not your time & go forth to seek out the evils of the world of Madigan. Every Elvira Madigan CD is decorated with some super-sexy bikini clad vixon art courtesy of Luis Rolo http://www.luisroyo.com

(originally written for the Roman Midnight Music newsletter: Issue 2, Fall 2009, expanded for blog)

(featured on the Roman Midnight Music CD Reviews & Interviews podcast: episode 4 "Black Metal", October 2010, click here to listen)

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