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  • Audio CD (February 12, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The End Records
  • ASIN: B00005YP9I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,076 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Opera De Romance: I. Stare
2. Opera De Romance: II. Embrace
3. Walk Without Limbs
4. Of Your Beauty
5. Drink The Midnight Hymn
6. Museum Of Iscariot: I. Stagnation/II. Death/III. Procession
7. Lamenting Kiss
8. Weep For Me
9. I Sleep With The Emperor
10. A Poet's Tears Of Porcelain
11. Unknown

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Sombre Romantic is a step up if you will in the gothic metal genre.
Theseus the Glove
The idea for this album really paved the future for this band and is a good first effort.
Brian Skala
The beauty in the album is the combination of operatic vocals with metallic growls.
deus ex mecca

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By mysanthropyk_overlord on April 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It's not often that you find a band that's willing to experiment with several different music styles on the same album. Virgin Black's Sombre Romantic features songs in black metal style ("Drink the Midnight Hymn"), darkwave ("Lamenting Kiss"), gothic ("Museum of Iscariot"), opera/symphonic (opening two songs), and some other goodies thrown in. Rowan's operatic vocals are fantastic; it's nice to find a band with a trained male vocalist instead of the screamy 80's metal voice or overused black/death screaming & growling, the latter of which is becoming used in all the wrong places by some bands. There is very little black metal screaming on this album, and when it does appear, it is used effectively. The songs, composed by Rowan and guitarist Samantha Escarbe, are constantly changing and never get boring. The lyrics show some religious themes, but do not try to force anything down people's throats. It is a lyrically superb product overall. The compositions are very solid, and although no two songs sound alike, there is little disparity in quality of musicianship. Highly recommended to fans of anything from Tristania to Burzum.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scott Sweet on December 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Virgin Black is the darkest band I've found whose music and lyrics address spiritual crisis without mocking it. While a lot of metal sounds like the heat of killing, this band sounds like an hour later, when we stop and look at the dead all around us. If you've heard Saviour Machine, Virgin Black moves slower and heavier in that direction.

"Opera de Romanci" opens with a cello and Gregorian chant promising darkness to come. "Embrace" makes good on it with a dose of slow metal and orchestration worthy of a film score. Virgin Black strikes a great balance, alternating between "funeral metal" and orchestration. "Walk Without Limbs" starts with a cool beat, like Bachman Turner Overdrive's "Takin' Care of Business". Then it changes gears into an industrial-rock sound unusual for this band.

"Of Your Beauty" finally puts Rowan London's operatic voice in front. His voice and the exceptional lyrics pull the listener into a place where it's always 4 a.m., and Winter never quite yields to Spring. "Drink The Midnight Hymn" jumps out of the speakers with a dose of speed metal and shrieking akin to Mayhem. On this CD and the following "Elegant...and Dying", the songs change speeds and modes often. Samantha Escarbe plays guitar with restraint, valuing the songs over solos.

"Museum of Iscariot" is a three-part suite with a lot of variety, and less intensity than some of the tracks before and after. "Lamenting Kiss" has a semi-industrial beat and an opening chant that sounds like a train siren losing strength with distance. Then London's voice takes the lead again. "A Poet's Tears of Porcelain" is a powerful finale - Escarbe finally busts out some fierce guitar melodies. The metal cuts off abruptly, leaving a brief chanted melody to end the whole thing. The image I get from this album is of someone lying down on a stone altar in the dark, eyes open, and waiting.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By deus ex mecca on April 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Sombre Romantic makes a daring and death-defying leap onto the gothic/metal scene. There are elements of gothic metal that gothic metal has never seen before. The album is extremely melancholic and depressing. The music is mostly down-tempo, lots of melodies and orchestrating going on. The beauty in the album is the combination of operatic vocals with metallic growls. The whole album can be reminiscent of listening to a combination of Pink Floyd, Theatre of Tragedy, and Porcupine Tree. It sends you away to that part of your mind you never experimented with or ever used. This is not background music to be played while you are walking around. This is some serious music to be carefully listened to while you sit and comprehend the beauty and originality of it. The cruel and unusual behaviour of humanity is what Virgin Black sought to accomplish in their music, they have succeeded and then some. This album is amazing, it is a 44 minutes and 38 seconds of Victorian style operatic performances. All the mourning and tears are brought alive by this band.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "mihir666" on February 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
wow i never thought they could make such wonderfully dark and poetic album in australia. this sounds like it could easily be at home in europe. anyway about the music...well its hard to categorise but the closest description would be gothic electronic metal with operatic and growled male vocals along with some female vocals....its like walking into an eerie carnival or circus from the victorian era england...the atmosphere is wonderfully dark and 'foggy'. the lyrics are brilliant. they also use a live orchestra and piano instead of the usual keyboards which makes them sound very authentic.
anyways this is a very good album which no fan of gothic,ambient or even dark and black metal should not miss
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "Giles The Axeman" on October 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
virgin black is an unbeleivable band i could'nt beleive my ears when i bought this cd and listen to it, iv'e been listening to opeth for the past six months and virgin black is the only band that has pulled me from listening to opeth. new comers trust me don't listen to the 30 second sound clips because theres not enough there to let you know what kind of band they are i recommend just buy the album you want be disappointed, if youre looking for something different then virgin black is the way to start
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