|Review: Garhelenth - About Pessimistic Elements & Rebirth of Tragedy|
|About Pessimistic Elements & Rebirth of Tragedy|
Label: Satanath Records
Year released: 2017
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: January 1, 2019
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
for:About Pessimistic Elements & Rebirth of Tragedy
Rated 3/5 (60%) (1 Vote)
Being a black metal band in Iran must be tough. No wonder why this Iranian duo eventually relocated to Armenia. You may get your head chopped off easily in strongly Islam-orientated regions/countries if you play any kind of metal music. Playing metal music is equivalent to blasphemy in some of those countries, which is ... well, for lack of a stronger word, let's just say, sad.
Garhelenth pay black metal influenced by the Nordic countries. They cite bands like Gorgoroth, Burzum, (The True) Mayhem, Immortal and many others as their inspirations. And yes, that can be heard in their sound, which oozes darkness and smells of forests and snow-covered mountains. What makes them a bit different from many blackened Scandinavian groups sound-wise is that instead of using distorted and punk-ish riffs, they actually have real riffs here and there that at times are surprisingly thrashy. But most of the time, however, they operate in very Scandinavian sounding black metal territory, and you can rarely go wrong with that kind of sound.
Garhelenth gets my full support for doing what they love most: playing black metal and doing it without fear of being executed. Respect.
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