Azamoth - _Eternity_
(Cult Noise Productions, 2006)
by: Quentin Kalis (7 out of 10)
The band name is a deliberate corruption of "atzamot", the Hebrew word for bones, to produce a more blackened sounding name. As for the title... perhaps it is no accident that the album title is a synonym for immortality, as vocalist Scorch sounds uncannily like a certain Abbath. In light of the rather standardised screech that dominates black metal, anything that deviates even slightly from this norm is welcome, and for whatever reason Abbath tends to be the black metal icon least imitated.

The production is clear, amongst the most lucid in black metal, but without the gloss of a Dimmu Borgir. Unfortunately and paradoxically, it results in the guitar sounding a bit thin, thus diluting an otherwise inherent ferociousness. Better than having it too muddy, I guess, but with just a bit of extra tweaking, the sound could be just that more potent. They also have an unfortunate tendency to use an excellent artwork by Gustave Doré, only to splatter an extravagant band logo across it!

It's certainly a bit different from the Darkklones that dominate these days, and it's good enough to get further listens from me. But then again, I am a fan of this type of music, and perhaps those less enamoured with the genre may not feel the same way. Regardless, one listen will not go amiss.


(article published 24/7/2007)

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