SOMBRE HÉRITAGE – Alpha Ursae Minori
Now, the album is filled with good riffs, even hooks, such as the one in the title track, which is basically sped up as a tremelo for the illusion of variety. The closer "Ténèbres" is an exercise in self-indulgence, as lengthy as it is tedious and uneventful. The Cradle Of Filth-y "Déchéance" is much more interesting, but my favorite is the slow yet varied "Nature Souillée" which shows the most potential. Overall, though, these guys seem to be too much into the atmospheric ballad-ic Hypocrisy with nowhere near as interesting ideas for riffs and hooks as Alf Peter Tägtgren’s.
At the risk of discouraging these guys, which is hardly my intention: there’s potential and semblance of originality among a few cool riffs and melodies, but the major problem with "Alpha Ursae Minori" is that it’s just a standard fare black metal incapable of changing my life for better or worse.