Keep of Kalessin - _Through Times of War_
by: Drew Snow (
Although the name bears no meaning to me (I can guess), Keep of Kalessin definitely surprised me with their brand of harsh black metal, rather similar to a combination of Setherial (minus the epic length songs) and Marduk, coupled with a noticeable dose of distinct heaviness rarely seen in black metal. Most of the time kicking away in typical black metal speeds, Keep of Kalessin offer a very effective foray into the now much less densely populated area of fast, strident blackness. Tossing in some sporadic, "whirry" keyboards here and there, the band forges a high quality forty-seven minute opus, but one which really has no unique characteristics or special features to separate it from all the rest out there. That said, _Through Times of War_ is good, but there are plenty of albums out there just like it, or better.
(article published 3/10/1998)
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