|Review: Amduscias - Amduscias|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 1998
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: January 11, 2004
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
This was released back in '98 when the tide of Black Metal popularity (or trendiness) was just starting to recede a little. These guys were a BM band from Japan of all freaking places, and while they never apparently went anywhere, this is still a good disc.
This is generally melodic Black Metal in the Thy Serpent vein. Not too fast and not too harsh, but with some very nice guitar work and very good riffs. The vocals are pretty standard, and I have to say there is nothing terribly original about the songwriting or the overall approach, but the melodies are very good and quickly involve you in the album for its rather short length. The production is a bit weak, and the drum sound is downright feeble, but the guitar tone is very evil, and the music is not terribly rhythmical anyway. I suppose this was lost in the shuffle back when it came out (6 years ago, man am I old). But there is some fine potential here, and it's a shame these guys never released anything else. One cool thing is that even at 6 tracks, you are getting 6 real songs, not just 4 with a silly 'intro' and 'outro' like some bands I could name.
The booklet is minimal, and it took some web searching before I could even be sure these guys were Japanese. No lyrics are included, which I never like. But the album cover is pretty gnarly. This is far from the best Black Metal I have heard, but I keep listening to it because some of the melodies are really cool. So even though it's short, this is worth checking out if you run across it.
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