Sammath - _Verwoesting - Devastation_
(Folter Records, 2002)
by: Pedro Azevedo (6 out of 10)
Sammath try to mix the fury of black and brutal death metal on _Verwoesting - Devastation_. Pretty bog-standard talk these days, wouldn't you say? Indeed, Sammath are hardly the first band to try this combination. The thing is, they do it in a pretty unusual way. This is mostly due to their sound, which is built upon extremely distorted, artificial-sounding guitars and a drum machine that spends most of the time near overdrive -- which doesn't make the overall result sound any less artificial. The one man responsible for all this also spews forth black metal rasps, while a second member was brought in for the death growls. A lot of the time the music is hardly remarkable, thriving only on its aggressive qualities. However, on certain tracks -- such as "Devastation", "The Timeless Splendour of Chaos" and "Verwoesting" -- Sammath manage to conjure up a good black guitar lead and give their music a whole new dimension compared to the dull percussive riffing that takes up the majority of the album. The strange production can become rather tiring after some time, but some credit must be given to Sammath for this highly aggressive record -- at least for about half of it.


(article published 5/4/2003)

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