|Review: Akvan - Forgotten Glory|
Label: Shaytan Productions
Year released: 2017
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: December 25, 2018
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)
I am always ready to give respect to bands from the Islamic world, as they are really having to work to do what they do. In some countries you can get legit arrested for listening to Black Metal, let alone playing and recording it. This is a one-man project from Iran of all places, and I was not sure what I would hear.
This is unsurprisingly unconventional Black Metal, with a lot of Mideastern sounds mixed in, and a lot of atmosphere. When it is slower, moodier, and leaning on the Middle Eastern instrumentation, it sounds weird and cool and very different, when it speeds up and goes for blasting, the wax-paper production sounds and rote riffs kind of drag it down. The vocals are an undistinguished rasp, and while they get the job done, I would like some more variation in the sound to match the varied music.
This album grew on me a lot while I was listening to it. It kind of reminds me of Beherit with the poorly recorded insanity and extreme underground vibe. The slower, murkier, and more arcane this disc gets, the better I like it, and by the end I was really caught up in it.
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