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Primitive, raw, black - 70%

head_flat, April 29th, 2005

A raw, primitive black metal sound accompanied with a pulsating ambient vibe, this demo from Clandestine Blaze seems to encompass several different black metal styles within its five tracks. Beginning with a slow rolling black metal double kick epic, then moving into fast paced blast beating to slow black metal sludge back into speed to finish the demo. The musicianship is well above average for a one man project, especially the drumming. Unfortunately the rehearsal production quality (especially the drum sound) lend it a slightly cheap vibe, but does not detract from the music and atmosphere too much. The music follows a fairly well trodden black metal path whilst not really bringing too much new to the genre, is still representing a respectful black metal attitude in its execution.