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Formicarius – Black Mass Ritual

formicarius – black mass ritual

If you miss the Melodic, Bombastic and Symphonic Black Metal of the end 1990s, where the keyboard was an essential part of the music, you can add UK-based Formicarius on your “maybe I have to check this one out”-list. Without doubt the melodic guitar lines accompanied by the keyboard, has early Children of Bodom (“Something Wild”-era) written all over it. Throw in some Stormlord, Skyfire and Dragonlord and you will get the picture what Formicarius tries to paint here. I can’t say I’m overwhelmed by “Black Mass Ritual”, but some parts and leads are well played. The thing that makes me a bit nervous are the many ideas they fuse in one song. Hopefully they will stick more to one or two ideas during a song on their next album, I think it will make the compositions stronger. (Ricardo)