Oathean - _The Eyes of Tremendous Sorrow_
by: Adrian Bromley (
While I am not the biggest black metal fan out there, I do occasionally enjoy trudging through this genre's music style and listening to blackened wails of anguish, crushed beneath sinister black metal riffs and detonating blast beats. This Korean quartet outfit manage to hold their own here, playing some really top notch stuff, while still bringing some interesting ideas into the traditional black metal sound (i.e., superb guitar work throughout), which makes it all the more enjoyable to listen to. While a good portion of the record works off of the guitar's emotions, the wails of anger surely light things up around here, pushing forth a tremendous dose of aggression as the record goes along. This record has a definite momentum working behind it. Something different here is the tranquil sounds / guitars worked into such a harsh sounding record, allowing diversity for certain areas of the record. It's not all heads down, rippin' black metal, and that makes this all the more enjoyable. Choice cuts from these black metal lads: "In Fear With Shiver" and "Frigid Space".
Contact: OATHEAN, http://www.shinbiro.com/~oathean
(article published 10/1/1998)
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