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Cursed Ruin - At the Hour of Necromancy

Traditional - 71%

Noktorn, November 8th, 2007

The latest entry in Florida's surprisingly vast and perpetually growing black metal scene is Cursed Ruin, hailing from Jacksonville. Cursed Ruin plays a pretty decent, traditional variety of black metal that takes cues from Satyricon, 'Transilvanian Hunger'-era Darkthrone, early Emperor; the usual melodic black metal suspects. It's not terribly original, but it is pretty good when compared to most of the fairly stagnating black metal scene in the area. The production is thin, but the music is professionally composed and catchy, and 'At The Hour Of Necromancy' is generally filled with solid black metal tunes that retain their color after the album is over.

Most of the material here is split between reasonably uptempo, blasty melodic black metal with 'In The Nightside Eclipse'-style tremolo riffing and more midpaced, atmospheric sections. The music is pretty one-dimensional and is really all about the riffs. Those riffs, fortunately, are uniformly good, with a good mix between more dark, aggressive ones and the more grandiose, Emperor-derived ones. The music is fairly atmospheric, with an almost gothic edge at times, and a solid delivery of the overall sound. The production is raw but perfectly audible; it'll fit fine right next to mid-era Immortal in quality. The band storms through ten tracks of perfectly competent black metal without ever really missing a beat; while all the tracks are pretty much the same, none of them stand out as being weak or displeasing. Probably the coolest track is 'Day Of Impalement', easily the most epic track on the album, and with the most emotional and gripping guitar riffs of them all as well.

'At The Hour Of Necromancy' is a bread and butter black metal album that tries to be exactly that. The music here was simply created to be a good example of the chosen aesthetic and celebrate the genre, and in that respect, it succeeds admirably. Every note on this LP is a pleasing listen and would be enjoyable to any black metal fan out there today. Occasionally the band even lapses into genuinely really good territory, but even the worst parts are still above average simply due to the consistency and traditional construction of the music here. The music here was clearly written by people who love and understand how BM should be written, minus an excess of experimentation or progressiveness. They just let the music do the talking without overthinking it.

If you're looking for the next Arcturus or something, this is probably the last album you want to get. If you like traditional, melodic black metal that fits snugly on your shelf, this is perfect. When it comes down to just being enjoyable to listen to, this most certainly is a winner and something I can see myself listening to frequently without ever getting bored.