Spite Extreme Wing
Magnificat


4.0
excellent

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T USER (103 Reviews)
January 5th, 2010 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


When it comes to Black Metal, Italy has never really been a hot spot for the mainly underground genre. Sure they have Symphonic Black Metal band Stormlord, and Blackened Doom band Forgotten Tomb, but for the most part, the Italian scene remains quite unknown. Thankfully for Italy, they have the Genoa-based Spite Extreme Wing, a classic 90's influenced Black Metal band. Their excellent debut record Magnificat takes Norwegian inspired Black Metal and infuses it with hooky melodies, creating a truly devastating one-two punch combination.

Musically, Magnificat shares many traits with the original Second Wave of Black Metal bands. They feature mandatory razor sharp guitars, hyper-speed blast beats, and indecipherable, haunting screeches. This being said, Spite Extreme Wing also uses healthy doses of melody injected into their raw Black Metal assault. Take for instance opening track Acqua Di Fonte Di Gloria which rages and pummels like any good Black Metal song should, essentially smashing the face of the listener with a brick. At the same time however, the song contains subtle melodies in the background, ensnaring the listener with it's catchy nature. Another great asset to Magnificat is it's production. Being how the album actually consists of older songs from the Arcano Incanto and '99 demos, along with some brand new songs, the varying production qualities (from perfect to slightly muffled) actually works in the favor of the band. With the newer songs, having more clarity works perfectly due to there being much more complicated arrangements, while the older songs feature the quite fitting muffled production, which helps with the tracks rawer composition.

Instrumentally, each member of Spite Extreme Wing holds their own weight. Guitarist/Vocalist Argento does a fantastic job of contrasting melodic/harsh qualities in his playing, keeping the balance even throughout the album. A great example is in song Lotusbluthen I which begins raw and uncompromising, but progressively, gets injected with melody throughout the course of the tune. Vocally, Argento is also a very strong vocalist, taking ques from established singers Hoest from Taake in the department of phlegm filled rasps. Bassist Azoth also puts on quite a performance, having a solid tone and quality about his playing that really shines on songs such as La Stirpe Divina and Reminescenza di Illusione Lunare.... Drummer Fog (a great Black Metal pseudo-name if there ever was one) throughout the entirety of the album provides a solid rhythmic beat for the rest of the instruments to rely on. His highly technical playing is truly standout, and can be seen on every song on the album.

The first out of four albums Spite Extreme Wing's Magnificat provides to be a great start for the band. From this, they had enough solid ground to continue their journey in creating intense, hook-filled Black Metal and following albums most definitely show them accessing the potential they have shown on this debut record. For anyone interested in trying this band Magnificat is the perfect starting point, with enough melody and extremity for anyone to be a fan.



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TheSpirit
January 5th 2010


17828 Comments


Really happy with this review. Really great band.

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 5th 2010


16389 Comments


Their excellent debut record Magnificat

This is actually a compilation of their demos, their first record is Non Dvcor, Dvco, but no biggie. I'll add this to my list.

Band name kind of sucks, though.

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TheSpirit
January 5th 2010


17828 Comments


Yeah, if you go down a bit i mention how its a compilation of demos. Also i came across this Folk/Black Metal band Arkona the other day, and have been meaning to tell you about them.

TheSpirit
January 5th 2010


17828 Comments


Yeah, the name is pretty bad. Reminds of me Dimmu Borgir's album titles making no sense.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 5th 2010


16389 Comments


I know, I noticed that from what you said in the review, I was just saying its rather deceiving to say this is their debut album. I'll check out Arkona though when I get time, I have so much music to check out its ridiculous.

TheSpirit
January 5th 2010


17828 Comments


I'll probably edit the intro then, so as not to confuse anyone unfamiliar with the band. And yeah, i remember you saying a few days ago that you had a lot to check out.

Hawks
January 5th 2010


35824 Comments


Nice review dude. Band looks pretty damn good. Speaking of Arkona I have one of their albums and it's good and all, but gets boring really quick.

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TheSpirit
January 5th 2010


17828 Comments


Yeah, i've only listened to it a few times so it seemed pretty good, but i have to really giving something more thorough. You'd love these guys though Hawks

Hawks
January 5th 2010


35824 Comments


Yeah I'm pretty sure I would. Well this is just another albums I'll add to my list. Can't wait to get my new computer so I can get a bunch of new music.

cirq
January 5th 2010


9264 Comments


Cool album art

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 5th 2010


16389 Comments


I agree I like the art.

Ponton
Emeritus
January 5th 2010


5793 Comments


Solid, detailed review. I'm just now getting into the genre, and it seems like the catchy nature of this would be a good start. I already have a bunch of albums to check out though.

TheSpirit
January 5th 2010


17828 Comments


Yeah, this album in particular is perfect for anyone looking to get in the genre. All their following releases get heavier/darker but this is the perfect balance of catchy and heavy.

Grimlin
January 5th 2010


842 Comments


Great review. This is probably my least listened to album by them, but that's not saying it's not excellent. Gonna have to revisit tonight. Great job, keep it up.

TheSpirit
January 5th 2010


17828 Comments


Thanks man i appreciate it

TheSpirit
January 5th 2010


17828 Comments


This is probably my least favorite album from them so a 4 just shows how each album
following is better

TheSpirit
December 11th 2011


17828 Comments


God these guys are so fucking good



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