Country: Spain
Title: The Blasphemous Lady
Label: Art Gates Records
Year: 2021
Style: Symphonic Black Metal

A Spanish band a la early '00's, when there was a cohort of bands inspired by Cradle Of Filth, Hecate Enthroned, Dimmu Borgir and the likes, but I have to admit that together with Gothic (Black) Metal, Symphonic Black Metal is the best genre where one could represent vamipric stories, so it makes perfect sense in Erzsebet's case. We're talking here about Hungarian countess Elizabeth Bathory's story, a way more gruesome story than Vlad Tepes' if you ask me. Anyway, getting to this quartet's music, Erzsebet plays a Symphonic Black Metal lead by what it seems an extremely versatile vocalist, Erzsébet, who handles some pretty killer Black Metal shrieks, as well as clean gothic-like vocals, and the supporting male vocals are not bad either, so in this compartment the band is strong, there's plenty of room to grow and also plenty of potential, it's clear they will try to deliver some intricate theatrical passages in the future, as actually they do here too, reminding a bit of Italian Cadaveria. The instrumental part has a generic Symphonic Black Metal backbone, and apart for some guitar leads and the omnipresent rich dramatic keyboards, it doesn't stand out much or better said it doesn't surprise, but the overall experience is good, it gives you the impression the band is capable of offering a solid debut album without boring the listener. We get here 6 tracks in a bit over 20 minutes of playing time, but it's enough to present the band to the fans of this genre and entice them for an upcoming full-length, I'm just curious if they'll be able to find something to truly surprise, to refresh this genre somehow. 
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8/10