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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 25/04/2011 17:01:49
I was actually rather impressed by this. I wasn't expecting much, figured this would be a lot more generic with that cliche cover and that fact that I'd heard of Krohm but never heard anything remarkable, but this is actually a really enjoyable demo compilation with material ranging from solid to great.
The first demo (which is actually 'Crown of the Ancients') reminds me of Blutvial quite a bit, in the way that they replicate well the old Norwegian black metal sound without directly ripping off any bands in particular. Burzum is definitely an influence, and the songs flow well with lots of strong, melancholic melody lines, tempo changes, build-ups and climaxes. The melody mostly comes from the guitar, while keyboard occasionally provide some backing chords. Nothing original here at all, but the songs are well realised and delivered perfectly.
The second demo is actually their earlier demo, 'Slayer of Lost Martyrs', which I actually prefer a great deal more than 'Crown of the Ancients'. It's a lot more doomy and depressive (perhaps due to Numinas' link to Evoken), with a much rawer, more low-fi production job. I find this side more atmospheric, and easier to get lost in - it definitely has a droning quality to it, but that's a good thing, the melodies never get dull and the hazy mix and almost funeral doomesque role that the vocals play as they gently rumble in the background definitely build up an entrancing atmosphere.
A good curiosity for the traditional black metal fan. Doesn't reinvent the wheel, but accomplishes what it intends to better than most.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: Karnstein on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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