Cream Abdul Babar / Teen Cthulu - _Cream Abdul Babar Vs. Teen Cthulu_
(Hyper Realist, 2003)
by: Adrian Magers (7 out of 10)
Cream Abdul Babar put to use a somewhat strange style of music (as one would guess by the name). Imagine Dog Fashion Disco minus some of the Patton influences with a more metalcore base, a more serious attitude and an occasional slight industrial tinge, and you're only starting to pinpoint what it is exactly that this band does. The music is fairly entertaining, but occasionally the vocal parts sound somewhat monotone (partly due to use of distortion on a somewhat hardcore style voice). The second track is an interesting change of pace, but the synth loop that repeats the entire song becomes boring long before the end of the track. Since the band only have one full-blown song on their half of the album, it's hard to get a good impression of the all the nuances of their sound, but I found them to be a good band, though nothing overtly impressive.

Teen Cthulu was quite a different band, playing a raw yet catchy form of black metal that looks both to modern symphonic forms of the sub-genre as well as the ice-cold bombasts of the Norwegian legends of the first wave. The production is fuzzy, but it somewhat lends itself to the music, as is often the case with this form of music, creating an interesting atmosphere. Some of the vocals completely clash with the music, but it doesn't detract from the well-used keyboards and excellent songwriting craftmanship. My sole complaint is that the songs are too short and seem to cut off before reaching the epic height that most good black metal does. Overall though, Teen Cthulu's involvement with this split has definitely piqued my interest in the band.


(article published 29/9/2003)

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