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Parzival
Casta

Company: Mighty Music
Release: 2014
Genre: Extreme
Reviewer: Nate Turbin

  • Definitely cinematic



  • Gather your battle armor folks, it's a medieval ride! This album's intro, "Kalachakra", makes me think of Therion, and that's not a bad thing. Casta, with its Latin, German and Russian lyrics, is definitely cinematic and something altogether different from metal normality. At what point would I listen to this deep culture album in a setting of say, the local coffee shop? Not that often. The Peter Steele styled baritone vocals are splashed all over the album to act as an instrument to strengthen the already meaty rhythm. By Crom the production is outstanding as every different arrangement can be heard with clarity that I would hope every band strives for. Even though I joke, which may mean that I like this, I still can't help but remember lines from the film PCU:

    Droz: What's your major?
    Sanskrit Major: Sanskrit.
    Droz: Sanskrit. You're majoring in a 5000 year-old dead language?

    In summation, get this if you want to feel like you're part of an action-adventure film.


    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    Nate Turpin8/4/2014


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