Hurusoma - _Sombre Iconoclasm_
(Sabbathid, 2006)
by: Quentin Kalis (5 out of 10)
_Sombre Iconoclasm_ is composed largely of 1998's cassette and vinyl only release _Welcome to Hurusoma World_, with the remaining tracks consisting of unreleased and live songs.

Yet another obscure black metal album re-released for the anaemic hordes, and again the question to be asked is whether such a re-release is justified or whether it would have been better for it to have been condemned to obscurity. The answer in this case tends towards the latter, and largely because of the production -- or lack thereof. I am well aware that low or necro production is an integral part of black metal's armoury and that such production is necessary in order to create the desired atmosphere and sound. But poor production should not be seen as a synonym for terrible or non-existent production, and sole member Woods appears to have gotten these two mixed up. This is especially noticeable on songs such as "Shade of Soul", which is completely ruined by the presence of an extremely tinny sounding high-hat that is way too high in the mix, to the extent that it is the most prominent instrument and is nothing less than highly annoying.

A pity, as there are other aspects, such as Woods' vicious Maniac-like (of Mayhem) vocals, which suggest a potentially decent primitive black metal CD.


(article published 12/12/2006)

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