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  • Audio CD (April 3, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The End Records
  • ASIN: B000NJXC30
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,930 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Requiem, Kyrie
2. In Death
3. Midnight's Hymn
4. ...And I am Suffering
5. Domine
6. Lacrimosa (I am blind with weeping)
7. Rest Eternal

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Dark, doomy, classical, and way smarter than everything else -- - THE AQUARIAN

Every second of this album is a decadent, masterful piece of genuinely ravishing genius -- - BLACK ANGEL PROMOTIONS

If you take the time to really get to know Virgin Black's music, you will be blessed -- - CRITICAL METAL

Masterpieces don't write themselves, no, masterpieces take time and indeed this album reflects that. -- - LUNAR HYPNOSIS

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It makes for a very unique sound and a very unique album.
D. Corwin
The blend of operatic vocals, perfectly placed death metal growls, orchestra instruments, and sludgey sounding guitars is amazing.
Thomas D. Nelson
One has to admire Virgin Black for adding such depth and exploration to gothic/symphonic/doom metal.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David van Sise on April 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have been listening to Virgin Black since they have come out. Sombre Romantic to me was one of the greatest "metal" albums that I have ever heard. I cannot tell yet but I think this album far exceeds even that. I think it is right up there with Nights in white satin from the Moody Blues( I know not metal). Except the whole album is just as impressive. By the way... This album contains not one song.. everything is a movement. An amazing masterwork. It's hard to believe that Rowan (singer) and Escarbe (guitar) wrote and composed this whole album!!! Keep that in mind!!!

Mezzo Forte in C minor.. It starts with this sort of heart clenching, throat choking beauty of a piece. Requiem Kyrie (which seems to be the theme of the whole album) is about as great a start off as any Dead Can Dance album. Powerful, moving, and EPIC!

It Gently glides into the next piece (one never really hears the transition) but this time the guitars crank in at about 1/3rd of the song. Upon first listen, goosebumps raced up an down my arms.. This piece is powerful. I feel a million emotions as Rowans growling blends with the distortion. Then His ever improving voice.. His singing is like that of a fallen angel. Whatever distortion there is, is played perfectly along with the violins.

The third song at first disapointed me. I mean, it was the heaviest song on Sombre Romantic (the first album) here to make a reprise. At first I thought the slower pace just didn't work. Then the ending came...... I realized how absolute and devastating this song really was. With the "death" choir I felt a doomsday sort of feeling.. Like that from the Exorcist. A power movement indeed....

Then come one of the gems ....and I am Suffering...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ryan T. Miller on April 18, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I am a classical music enthusiast who also has a penchant for metal. In recent times I have been getting more into doom metal and gothic metal, and then there is Virgin Black, which really defies categorization--they combine elements of many kinds of music. And they are extremely ambitious and possess great songwriting ability, a most welcome combination.

This, the first release and middle section from a musical trilogy, is appropriately grand and morose. It is an almost even blend of orchestral and metal elements (with the Pianissimo album being mostly orchestral, and the Fortissimo being mostly metal). This is in my view their most mature and epic work, and is a clear outgrowth of their earlier albums, with the same passion but more skill.

The only notable flaw is the lead vocals, which have improved much since Sombre, but which are still not of the extremely high level demanded of for such an grandiloquent sound. However, this is a minor complaint and the earnestness and vocal effects of the singer more than compensates for some of the notes he can't quite get.

Highly recommended, either for fans of VB, metal fans with a taste for the grandiose, or classical fans who want to hear modern day masterpieces. Basically any music devotee will find much to praise in Mezzo Forte.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robert C. Wilson on June 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
First, if you dont know virgin black this is a quick genralisation of their music. It is extremely dark, not just the average crap "gothic" sound, but a genuine, original, creative darkness. it is untrue to say the music is depressing. Shape of Despair are depressing. Virgin Black have an element of beauty which is far more foregrounded then their dark sound. It is mournful, epic, majestic and beautiful. All these qualities come first.

their first two full length albums are far less orchestral then this album, they are a more traditional band format, although there is nothing traditional about their style. There style is well summarised in their own words..."comfort in darkness" if you like music which conveys either of these emotions BUY THIS

This album is a beautiful meeting of metal and orchestral music. Not in the cheesy fashion of many bands, or the film-score sound of nightwish etc.... the lyrics are also beautiful, more powerful and to be awed at, then dark and depressing lyrics. it is worth, i think, pointing out that virgin black are a christian band. Therefore the religious referances, and referances to death, darkness, misery etc.... avoid the typical cliches of metal, as they are tinged with a religious and beautiful hope.

I would suggest that this album is more orchestra/classical influanced then metal influanced. the metal aspects contribute to the epic sound..they are not the essence. imagine 'O Fortuna' with guitars, drums and classical vocals on it

It is a real orchestra. The vocals are absolutely beautiful, a mournful, classically trained vocal style, coupled with classical female vocals. However Rowan (male singe) can also do black metal screams and lower death metal vox.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elohim_Meth on May 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Having been a long-time fan of mournful musicians Virgin Black, I had highly anticipated any follow up to their brilliant Elegant... And Dying. When I heard they would be releasing a 3-part set featuring the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, I was elated. Mezzo Forte is the second disc in the trilogy, featuring a healthy mix of orchestra and Virgin Black's typical stylings.

My first comment would be to mention the sound production, and hats off to Rowan London and Samantha Escarbe for pulling off such a full, rich and heavy soundscape. The orchestra comes through fully and clearly, the choirs sound powerful and beautiful, Rowan's singing has never sounded this good and the rest of the band is mixed in flawlessly. All of this creates a dark, heavy and powerful listening experience. Secondly, I have to mention that Rowan's growled vocals have come a long way in the past few years. Where he has previously sounded contrived or strained, he now sounds strong and deathy. And check out the "death choir" on a couple of the tracks here.

The songwriting is fantastic, and the CD flows smoothly from start to finish, each song a separate entity yet forming into a well-executed storyline when listened from beginning straight through to the end. Highlights for me are the mournful ...And I am Suffering (track 4) as well as the powerful and staccato Domine (track 5). There are no weak songs on Requiem: Mezzo Forte, every track plays wonderfully into the overall experience.

Highly recommended, and a vast improvement from a band who, I feel, have even more brilliance ahead.
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