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What You See Is What You Get - 75%

Inarchon, June 13th, 2010

Listener be warned: Bestial Mockery is exactly what you think they are. You know that old saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well yeah, feel free to through that rule out the window. There’s no pretension, curveballs, or fluff goin’ on here. Just pure, unadulterated, apocalyptic Venom worship. Bestial Mockery spew a full throttle black metal assault sticking with the sound of early proto-thrash/first wave black metal, albeit with a slightly more audible production style. Don’t get the wrong idea, this isn’t a Dimmu Borgir album by any means; the bass drum roars it’s mighty roar, the guitars snarl and gnash their teeth, and the bass…well, the bass isn’t really there, but you get the idea. It’s your standard “ultra-kvlt” black metal release. What sets Bestial Mockery apart from from their gutter metal brethren the likes of Satanic Warmaster, Nunslaughter, and Black Witchery is their affinity for early 80’s European thrash, which rounds out their stereotypical ultra fast blitzkrieg with more spacing and dimension. There’s nothing revolutionary going on here, but for what it’s worth, it’s an enjoyable hour and a half excursion through hell. Hey, the name of the band is “Bestial Mockery”. Don’t take it too seriously, just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Highlight tracks:

Slaughter Mass
Scream for War
Infantry Storm