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The second "solo" album from Italian singer Cadaveria leaves behind most of its pretensions to black metal, instead favouring a more classic, doom-laden metal style now that guitarist Frank Booth has been properly integrated into the Opera IX alumni. This blackened doom style is most evident in the slow riffs that keep most songs compelling but do become rather stale after a while, and the greatest disappointment comes when Booth starts ripping off his own riffs in later songs.
The most noticeable change from the first album is that Cadaveria now sings for all she's worth, using a high singing voice that's surprisingly good, considering how well she strove to hide it in the raspy style of her previous band. Whether this was a decision made due to the newfound popularity of female-fronted metal acts in 2004, or simply natural evolution, I couldn't say, but the cynic that makes up quite a large part of me is practically convinced that it's the former.
'Far Away From Conformity' is nevertheless an entertaining album, one that's all the better for Cadaveria's sung performances, but one that's mainly hindered by the repetition of the riffs. The early songs are kept relatively distinct, with melodic sections breaking up 'Blood and Confusion' into an enjoyably diverse opener, 'Eleven Three O Three' following a slower, more doomy approach and 'The Divine Rapture' attempting to tie all of the previous styles together in a manner that almost works, but is a little long, but after this point the staccato riffs become tiresome and it's only the simple pleasure of 'Prayer of Sorrow' that holds up the latter half.
1. Blood and Confusion
2. Eleven Three O Three
3. Irreverent Elegy
4. The Divine Rapture
5. Omen of Delirium
6. Call Me (Blondie Cover)
7. Out Body Experience
8. Prayer of Sorrow
9. Vox of Anti-Time
1. Blood And Confusion / 2. Eleven Three O Three / 3. Irreverent Elegy / 4. The Divine Rapture / 5. Omen Of Delirium / 6. Call Me / 7. Out Body Experiance / 8. Prayer Of Sorrow / 9. Vox Of Anti-Time