Norway"s PENITENT are not a personal project of Karsten Hamre anymore, because he now has Bernt Sunde by his side, who is responsible for the vocals and the lyrics. Bernt"s style, which tends towards SOPOR AETERNUS and ANGIZIA, forced Karsten to speed up the funereal slow compositions (remember "Melancholia" or "The beauty of pain" early classics) to the point that an old fan of PENITENT cannot easily identify them in their present form. Gone are the bewailing compositions that we so much loved in the past. In their place a black metal hybrid appears, classic in style, view, and presence but with a variety of surprises that disrupt the flow of the songs leaving positive impressions. Approved, but it is not what we expected from PENITENT. 2004 Import CD from Beyond Productions, Italy.