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very brutal Norwegian BM with modern sound - 74%

robert_sun, November 8th, 2006

Although this Norwegian band has started his way back in 1992, this is the first time I meet them. After two demos released many years ago (the 1st in 1996, the 2nd in 1999), then 6 years of silence they finally reached to release the first full-length of their career.

The first track of the CD is somehow delusive, because it’s not the best song to portray their way of Black Metal. It begins with a very very fast tempo and hostile riffing, but soon the keyboard come in the equation which makes more digestible the whole music. You might think that this is another Dimmu Borgir, or Graveworm kind of band, well, not at all… The second song starts with an unforgiving thrashy and dark riff, then listening to the other tracks you can easily realize that these guys have a special taste for fast tempos and merciless riffs, but they never forget to throw a few mid-paced themes in the mix and some keyboard in the background.

Even if the work of bands like Dissection, Dark Funeral, Hades Almighty, or Naglfar doesn’t seem to be unknown for these fellows, they managed to create a sound of their own. The songs are well-structured, the music is brutal, intense and dark. The keyboard rears its head time by time, but the main role is taken by the technical guitarlines. I think they have tuned down a few steps on the guitar, or they are using 7-string guitars, because the riffs are pounding really low and heavy.

My main problem with the music are the vocals, which are very monotonous, not having too much in common with the usual BM shrieking, being more closer to death metal vocals