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emotions - 95%

TheStormIRide, January 24th, 2006

Typical thin old black metal production. Tortured vocals, the kind with the high pitched squeal sound.... except for "Suffer the Gestalt" which contains some throatier growls (but that songs lends itself to an introduction to the album). Much of this album is not typical old school black metal though. There is so much melody hidden in the distorted guitars. A Very chilling listen. Now, don't get me wrong, the band can punch out the speed at need, but the highlight of this album is the melody versus antimelody that is used so well.
Listening to the opener will give the listener an impression of what this band is trying to get through: hate; malice; despair; sorrow. This is more, for this reviewer, an emotional album than a musical album. The emotions are so strong throughout the entire release, that they force the listener into a certain state of mind; something few bands capitalize on. The guitars take the side of despair and sorrow, the tone and chord patterns help one to visualize the torment. The vocals and drums force rage and hate and malice upon the listener almost to overwhelming highs (or lows depending on how you look at it).
By saying this is an emotional album in no way takes away form the overall enormity of this release. The music perfectly fits together. The atmosphere is unreal. This release is not intended for the weak at heart. By combining all of the emotions and music into one ball of greater energy, this release is one of the best black metal has seen (or will see) in years to come.