Cor Scorpii – Monument + Attargangar
Although this album is a bit old, 2008, it’s still worth reviewing due to its obscurity. Cor Scorpii reminds me of Windir, and it should, because the Synth player and the Guitarist are from Windir. However, it’s a bit faster than Windir, almost reminds me of Dark Funeral during some tracks. The album is 12 tracks total, and probably floating around 1 hour in length.
The album begins with the track “Ei Fane Svart”, which begins with a very eerie piano riff, which lasts for about 20 seconds. I’m going into this track because it’s probably one of the best openers I’ve ever heard. After the piano riff, one of the best guitar riffs comes in. Actually, two guitars, playing two different riffs. Together one of the most interesting sounds I’ve ever heard is created.
Now for the rest of the album. I found that during this album (Which is a combination of their first two albums), Cor Scorpii used a lot of tremolo picking. It’s done flawlessly, and is generally accompanied by another guitar, playing a totally different, slower riff. The entire album is very fast, all of the songs feature heavy double bass, which I expect. The fast guitar riffs are what remind me of Dark Funeral, so do the drums. However, the amazing keyboards, which sometimes like Windir, have short areas of a song where it’s just them. However more frequently the keyboards are playing a very nice riff behind the guitars, and it’s generally audible. Towards the end of the album, I was almost getting bored, then I heard the track “Fall Of Man”, and holy shit. That track has amazing guitar work, I just love it. The album picks up again towards the end, which was nice, since it grabbed my interest again.
Cor Scorpii has some amazing work here, they really showed their skill in composing a faster and heavier breed of Sognametal. Every time I listen to this album I’m finding another riff I haven’t heard before. So much goes on at once that I love to dissect the music. However there is a downside, the album does get a bit boring to listen to in one sitting, but it does pick up towards the end, in an almost resurrecting way. I loved this album, and probably will for a long time.