Blackthrone - _Above the Law_
(Sabbathid, 2006)
by: Quentin Kalis (6 out of 10)
_Above the Law_ is a collection of demos recorded by the Finnish pranksters between 2000 and 2005, allegedly on a four track portable cassette recorder. And as with any spoof band, there are two questions that must be asked. "Are they funny?" If the answer is no, then no matter, it may be still be saved by the music. If the answer is yes, and since any joke will quickly become tired, the next and most important question is: "are they any good"?

The answer to the first question is yes, but only if you understand black metal and the associated subculture. Their mixture of the generic with the absurd sieved through broken English somehow works, falling into the so-bad-it's-good school. It shouldn't, you know it's bad, yet you are helpless from, at the very least, cracking a smile.

Moving on to the second question, the answer is a qualified no. The music veers from old-school thrash and punk through to more blackened material, and could potentially be entertaining, but is ruined by the absolutely terrible vocals, which on occasion are extremely high in the mix.

Blackthrone are and no doubt will be vilified for their idiocy, but in a subculture that takes itself too seriously, they do have an important niche to fill. Pity about the music.

Contact: http://www.sabbathidrecords.cjb.net

(article published 12/12/2006)


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