Heretic Visions Productions
Encountering bands that proclaim themselves to play "epic" metal has always left me slightly apprehensive, with pointless long song running times that usually end up making the album epic only in terms of the length of the track. Varus is Germany's Imperious' debut full length album, and happens to claim to play "epic black metal", a genre that I have come to learn to be wary of.
A spoken vocals on Prologue introduces the listener to the band's music, an obligatory move for most epic metal bands I believe and it's not long before the band begins the album proper with a melodic, almost melancholic guitar line on Publius Qunctilius Varus. The band manages to bring about the epic feel in the song as they soon break into a more aggressive section…