Lupus - _After the Geniirising_
by: Pedro Azevedo (2 out of 5)
This tape of forest-bred "Slovenian misanthropic black metal" certainly has a promising start, with opener "A Walk Into Unfriendly Summits" easily being its best track. The production is very raw; the vocals are mixed too loud, to the point where the remaining instruments tend to lose some strength (not that they had much in the first place) whenever the vocalist enters the scene. But although the production could have been much better while still retaining a cold, raw feel, it doesn't ruin "A Walk Into Unfriendly Summits", which has enough quality to overcome that. It does, however, start to become annoying as the tape goes on and only occasionally does anything get anywhere nearly as good as the opening track. The fast sections are especially harmed by the poor production, while the slower or more atmospheric passages are nothing really special anyway. Nevertheless, if Lupus ever manage to create a whole tape with the kind of musical and atmospheric quality of the opening track and achieve a better kind of raw production, they may well double the rating above.


(article published 12/10/1999)

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