Khors - _The Flame of Eternity's Decline_
(Oriana, 2005)
by: Quentin Kalis (6 out of 10)
This was released by Knjaz Varggoth's [vox, Nokturnal Mortum] own tiny label. The Nokturnal Mortum connection doesn't end there, as this project includes their keyboardist Saturius and former guitarist Wortherax, as well as members of Runes of Dianecht and Astrofaes. I never considered Wortherax to be a particularly unique guitarist, but his leads on this CD reminded immediately of his work on _Lunar Poetry_. Sadly, all of the inspiration seems to be vested in the guitar leads, as this is otherwise a rather dull addition to the rapidly increasing litany of Slavic NSBM. The vocals are monotonous and could do with a greater degree of variety, the snare drum is far too prominent and Saturius' keywork sounds so bland, I wonder whether he actually has any interest in this project. While it is refreshing to have an NSBM album in a market that is crammed with material that is either epic, overflowing with folkish experimentation or flirting with RAC nonsense, this is insufficient to rescue _TFoED_ from mediocrity.

(article published 22/12/2005)

11/27/2012 D Lake 8.5 Khors - Wisdom of Centuries
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