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Enjoyable, despite it's flaws - 81%

imperialgoat, October 23rd, 2006

Straight from the legions of the ultra tr00 and supremely nekrokvlt, comes Mutiilation. They are so kvlt they spell their name with two i's. But then again, most LLN bands spell their names weird, and suck as well. Luckily for me, this is one that is pretty decent. They are the only one still making music, I guess old Meyhna'ch isn't so tr00 and kvlt after all, since those types wouldn't do anything like continue to make music after more than 12 people knew they existed.

First off, this album has a very "raw" sound to it. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. The good part about this is it lends to the haunting and bleak atmosphere this style of music is supposed to create. Also it covers some limitations in songwriting and playing ability these bands usually have. The bad part is it causes some instruments to not be heard correctly. While
some may argue that isn't important, it certainly hinders some enjoyment you could get if everything was heard properly. The main offender here is the drums. When they can be heard, it is a very annoying "duk, duk, duk" sound. When they can't, which is often, it just throws everything else off slightly.

Another good point about the album is that it has a very hypnotic sound, much like Burzum. It just repeats the same few riffs over and over. You can put this on repeat multiple times, and not really notice. The only real changes is the fast to slow parts, which appear, and are fairly common to this style of black metal. They are pretty generic, but nowhere near bad, as they are
well done. I also have to give credit to Meyna'ch for the vocal performance, they are really tortured sounding, even understandable at times.

There are some bad parts to this release as well. Most are due to the inherent limitations of this style of this style of music, but some aren't. The most glaring problem is that it breaks no new ground whatsoever. I understand this style isn't the most technical in the world. Any amount of experimentation, good or bad, would be appreciated.

Overall, this album is a good example of raw, old school black metal. While certainly not essential, it is worth seeking out if you are a fan of the genre.