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Norwegian metal troupe Octavia Sperati is an almost all-female (the drummer is a dude) sextet whose mighty doom metal vibes and Goth rock sounds juxtaposed with an etheral edge make an entrancing 11-track affair. Lush vocals a la Lacuna Coil collide with semi-Viking metal melodies on "The Final Rest", while the haunting keyboard and piano combination in "Submerged" sets the proper foreboding tone to close this album out with. In short, GRACE SUBMERGED digs deeper into metallic despair than its more popular counterparts, in turn allowing darker hues to come to the forefront while revealing an overall ominous elegance that has yet to be matched in this realm.
- Mike SOS