Allmacht - _In Namelosen Tiefen_
by: Quentin Kalis (4 out of 5)
Black metal demos all too often follow the same motif; a hermit or like-minded group of frowning weekend Satanists record five songs of badly performed, badly produced generic rip-off of Darkthrone, Burzum or Mayhem. This is not one of those, which is not to say they haven't been inspired by any of the above-mentioned; the Vikernes hermitage has had an immeasurable impact, especially in the droning riffs. Plus, bassist "A" is on loan from Isolation, who have produced several of the more noteworthy black metal demos to have crossed my path in recent years. Not that there is anything resembling Isolation's depressive tome here -- the Burzum inspired riffs have a more welcoming tone, speaking of forests rather than wrist-slitting despair. Songs are fairly basic, with few frills but able to sustain a melody for the most part, faltering on ten minute numbers but holding up quite comfortably with mid-length numbers. This demo is not going to revolutionize black metal -- hell, it won't even revolutionize the Schleswig-Holstein scene -- but stands out as a superior debut release.


(article published 14/2/2010)

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