Mike McLatchey 13-May-2001 First

Totally untypical of the usually folky German label Pilz, Dies Irae were a rather pedestrian hard rock group influenced by Black Sabbath on both a musical and lyrical level. It's mostly straight hard rock, coming off like a less-inspired Scorpions circa Lonesome Crow. The opening track, "Lucifer," says it all, with its Sabbath-like harmonica and bluesy riff. In fact, most of the album is comprised of blues and boogie vamps, yet there is very little invention with this formula like there was with groups like Colosseum, Steamhammer, or even Sabbath themselves. Likely, fans of the bluesier progressive music from Germany or England would probably not find this to be a high-tier item. A serious case of the blahs.

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