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Review: Argath - Towards the Void
Towards the Void

Label: Independent
Year released: 2003
Duration: 13:29
Tracks: 3
Genre: Black Metal

Review online: September 18, 2003
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Towards the Void

Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

This Finnish Black Metal band plays it raw, with a sound that showcases a mix of early Mayhem with maybe a little hint of Graveland and Darkthrone in the background. It's always difficult to review such a short release, but the three songs here still manage to give a good indication that the band is geared toward the rawest forms of BM (including the "poor" production), rather than the more polished and "popular" forms. Obviously Argath are targetting the most underground audiences, which is a challenge in itself since these people are usually very critical of who belongs in there and who's a poser. Frankly I'll let them debate that very issue. :) Personally I like my occasional fix of minimalistic raw and underproduced metal and despite its short length, this demo does just that. Well done, effective and chaotic (with a couple of quiet passages in "Towards the Void", the music here screams of angst and despair, with a gloomy, almost suicidal atmosphere. What little is presented here shows some good things to come, let's see if they can deliver a full-length album with comparable material. Definitely worth checking out.

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