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A simpler creature - 74%

Byrgan, December 3rd, 2010

This placed a gap between outputs, which previously added up to each year till the second full length. Amen Corner is still no doubt playing heavy toned, slow and midpaced black metal that creeps as it does steadily walk. Though, this is going to be a simpler creature in comparison.

The production on "Darken In Quir Haresete" picked up some dirt along the way. This has a slight layer of roughness but, at the same time, is still loud and separated. Essentially the outlines aren't as traceable or as flush if you ran your ears over their surface. Though the instruments come with their share of deepness: the snare sounds like a thick mat slapped against a wall; the guitars are fuzzy but give disgusted looks to highness; the bass is audible but slightly less loud than the guitars; and the vocals offset it all by emitting a voice from a sore throat.

This is gradual with its flow and takes on a musical ladder one rung at a time, though their tunes are fairly simplistic and somewhat plain compared to what they were doing with the style beforehand. The guitars are basic in execution and you can usually count on them for what they're headed. This doesn't need abrupt changes to knock a listener's socks off, but something to generate more sense of dark wonder when guiding along. It's entertaining and far from actually slacking off or forcing a moment but it isn't as demanding of exhilaration as their song writing was in the past. A general extreme metal listener will probably point out that this sounds like death-doom with a taste for the brute and melodic. They can play weighted by pumping thicker strings to then double picking with palm mutes. There's also some harmony in their rhythms and solos by finding certain strings and then bobbing them along like a buoy in a large ocean of joyless darkness.

The vocalist's delivery sounds somewhat altered due to the prior effects—which manipulated them into demonic realms—being substituted with just reverb. His projection is predominately higher toned and uses an exasperated yell that's not an exact scream but still with an ounce of rasp used. His lines are less extended this time around and more rapidly spouted. During some sections he gets ahead of himself, as if he's attempting to match a slightly faster momentum when the flow is actually steadier underneath.

"Darken In Quir Haresete" is still a workable release, but I'd say to locate their prior recordings first if you already haven't. It's not as if they got all experimental like other bands frequently do by alienating certain older listeners, but there's not a dominating margin of their composition that might dismay either. This is still Amen Corner, but I can imagine when setting out to record again, it might have been a challenge to top their second full length, which was a buildup from their early releases till it hit a peak for the band, and it's as if the slight gap brought them back to square one again.