ROSSOMAHAAR - QUAERITE LUX IN TENERIS... - XTREEM
Rossomahaar is likely the best-known underground metal band from Russia. The disappointingly derivative delivery does damage to that country's musical reputation. Protestations of a weak sound aside, the revamped line-up for this re-release (the album was originally released by an irrelevant Russian label) is not about to receive praise for its musicianship. The riffs are underdeveloped and conspicuously masked by an overpowering keyboard layer. The drum is actually a machine, and for good reason. The actual drummer's beats are an embarrassment. The vocalist has overfed on a diet of Rotting Christ and consequently prefers the 'screaming whisper' style to an actually strong performance. Ever heard of the saying, can't judge a book by its cover? Quaerite is adorned with a great cover artwork. - Ali "The Metallian"