Vera : With the re-releases of ’The Middle’ and the nameless EP we had our first encounters with the wealthy orchestrated melodic death metal of Italian Genus Ordinis Dei. Meritorious albums, but a bit over-the-top and the metalcore edge of the harsh vocals of guitarist Nick K even increased the feeling of ‘not yet’.
In the Summer of 2016, the band returned to the Domination Studios with the ‘Italian Jens Bogren’ (as active as him) Simone Mularoni (DGM, Empyrios) as producer. Suddenly they had no label anymore, but their savior was Lacuna Coil with whom they could do an extensive European tour in Fall 2016. They impressed so much that labels were standing in a row, willing to sign them, when coming home. That’s what you call luck! ‘Great Olden Dynasty’ happens to be a side-story of the trilogy the four-piece is working on and it includes ten tracks brimming with technical tour-de-forces. Everything is astonishing virtuoso, but sometimes a bit fatiguing as well. The vigorous opening track ‘The Unleashed’ soon cuts loose and overwhelms us with modern metal, keyboard layers in the background, rough growls and a fervent guitar solo. ‘You Die In Roma’ starts in a cinematic manner and here we have those scream-like core-laden vocal lines, something what will happen more often. Spoken passages – as in ‘Cold Water’ – pop up several times too. ‘The Flemish Obituary’ is a highlight as longer track. A solemn organ intro leads towards massive choir chants and this is really beautiful. A bit further ‘Mortem’ is also an engrossing song. Just when we are about losing attention, we are graced with ‘Salem’ in which Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil does some vocal lines. This is a matured record from a band in full expansion.