Shargath - _Bowel Sounds of a Deaf Man_
(Independent, 2007)
by: Quentin Kalis (7 out of 10)
The number of bands with free, complete and legal recordings available online is surpassed only by the volume of porn, but if demos and "independent EPs" (pray, tell what is the difference?) are excluded, the number of free and complete downloads diminishes quickly. One of the few complete and free albums available online is _Bowel Sounds of a Deaf Man_ by Shargath, a full-length with nine tracks that can be accessed at the website below.

Despite possessing a name that sounds suspiciously similar to that of a certain Hollywood black metal frontman, Belgian based Shargath eschew blackened bombast in favour of death metal located within a very modern sounding and urban context, with more than a dab of hardcore. Occasionally, their venture into contemporary territory is taken a step too far, such as an ill-advised rap on "Skull of the Festish (sic) Slave" but they generally maintain a balance between the intensity of death metal and the relevancy offered by metalcore.

This album is more complex than the knucklehead shouts and 'core breakdowns would suggest, and the guitar tone possesses sufficient crunch to drive the music forward. Sometimes they get a tad repetitive, such as on "Sky Spies Are Watching Us From Space".

Clearly this will not appeal to everyone, as their death is dressed in 21st century clothes and the 'core touches will probably alienate others, but Shargath nevertheless provide an above average entrant to modern metal.


(article published 11/3/2008)

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