Black Oath's debut was really well received by the doom community. Their take on doom metal is pretty damn interesting and it puts to shame the wannabe gloomy, sad and depressive bands. Influenced by a lot of different sounds, the band is not here to reinvent the wheel but they're truly making it spin. This sophomore album from Black Oath proves once again ? as if it really needed proven, especially to yours truly ? that the Italian black/death metal scene is one of the most under-rated and under recognised in the ?berverse. This sophomore opus is a brooding and melancholic affair, ploughing a furrow that lies very much between traditional Mediterranean black metal and the more progressive elements of modern doom. Towering across the middle of the album, ?Scent Of A Burning Witch? is one of the best doom/death crossover songs you?ll hear this side of St Vitus, while ?Witch Night Curse? is almost Wagnerian in its magnificence. Epic, dark and minimalist, ?Ov Qliphoth And Darkness? is, on the musical front, a superb album: the songs are superbly constructed, blending their shades and melodies expertly, and the musicianship is exemplary.