Magister Dixit are a band from Quebec, Canada that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very epic and melodic form of black metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "Opus Astral" which was released by Scum Productions.
A very fast, and raw black metal sound starts off the album along with some blast beats, grim screams and epic keyboards and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the music also has a perfect balance between the symphonic and raw style of black metal being more rooted in the 90's.
Melodic riffing can be heard quite a bit throughout the recording and the solos and leads also use a great amount of melody and clean singing can also be heard in certain sections of the recordings while the keyboards bring in a classical music feeling at times and some of the tracks are long and epic in length and as the album progresses clean guitars can be heard briefly and towards the end of the recording they bring in a cover of Katyklysm's "Elder God" which also brings in a small amount of death metal elements.
Magister Dixit creates another keyboard dominated black metal recording that is as epic and melodic as their previous recordings while never losing any heaviness or raw aggression, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover medieval, hypocrisy, past and future themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Magister Dixit and if you are a fan of epic and melodic black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "My Name Is Forbidden" "Reaching the Throne Of Aeruul the Mighty" and "A Deadly Compass". 8 out of 10.