OFFICIUM TRISTE - REASON - DISPLEASED
Officium Triste. Names don't get much sadder than that! The Dutch so-called atmospheric metallers have delivered a relatively short album reminiscent of bands like early My Dying Bride and Anathema which would recurringly get the boot from Metallian Towers, although it must be mentioned that these guys have kept the use of the synthesizers to a minimum and incorporated enough deep growling to maintain a respectable poise. The sound is good and the mood desirable for fans of the aforementioned style. It would be even better though were the band to dump the keyboards and become a real metal band. - Ali "The Metallian"
OFFICIUM TRISTE - GIVING YOURSELF AWAY - DISPLEASED
The Dutch band Officium Triste is never in a hurry to deliver a new album that kinda matches the way the group’s songs progress. Officially doom metal and melancholic because of it the band’s music is an approximation of My Dying Bride with a mixture of clean and growled vocals with the latter sounding convincing while the former are uneven and occasionally out of tune. The band has mellowed a little and the guitars especially have a more 'rock' sound than in the past. Nowhere is this better heard than on the album’s opener Your Eyes. This is not a bad album for the genre, but adds little that is new and insists on perpetuating that the style needs or benefits from the odd piano and lots of clean singing. With a near-instrumental at the end of lots of saddening melodies this is almost quintessential doom, but that makes it not great; just average and decent. Drop the piano and it gets better. - Ali “The Metallian”