Barbaros - _My Blood for... Tamazgha_
by: Quentin Kalis (4 out of 5)
Barbaros do not depart from the spirit of black metal by indulging in nationalist leanings and interpreting them within their own cultural paradigm -- namely, that of the Berber people of northern Africa.

The most immediate and striking aspect is the unusual guitar sound, which sounds as if it has been fed through a synthesiser, resulting in a unique and jangly artificial sound. Despite expectations, it works surprisingly well and, combined with a melodic touch, is sufficient to raise their music above mere Darkthrone mimicry. Also included are two covers: a highly predictable choice of Darkthrone's "Transilvanian Hunger" and a less foreseeable "To the Memory of the Dark Countess" by Mütiilation, both of which are done surprisingly well. This is especially true of "Transilvanian Hunger", which has been covered countless times, yet Barbaros manage to stay true to the original song whilst placing their own indelible stamp on it -- a rare feat for even the most established bands.

The lyrics are presumably sung in one of the Berber languages, and although English translations are provided, these are horribly broken. Easily one of the best black metal demos I've had the pleasure of hearing this year.


(article published 1/12/2006)

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