|Review: Korihor/Abigail - Alkoholik Metal Blasphemers|
|Alkoholik Metal Blasphemers|
Label: Hells Headbangers
Year released: 2003
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: April 18, 2004
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Alkoholik Metal Blasphemers
Rated 2/5 (40%) (5 Votes)
Split CDs are more or less traditional in the Black Metal underground, going all the way back to Mayhem. See that? A Mayhem reference, unfortunately this is the only way that would be found in a review of this painfully amateurish CD. Korihor is a band from the Phillipines, and Abigail are from Japan. They both pretty much suck.
A glance at the cover art and the song titles will put to rest any questions about whether these guys take themselves seriously. The first four tracks are by Korihor, and they are the marginally better of the two bands. Raw and grim Black Metal is the order of the day here, of course. The songs are rehashes of ideas Darkthrone had 15 years ago, but there are some OK riffs and mildly enjoyable moments on these four tracks. The rest of the CD is by Abigail, who are, bluntly, horrible. Someone should explain that Black Metal is supposed to have raw production, and that "raw" does not simply mean "terrible." This sounds like it was recorded in a basement – and a tin-walled one at that. I can't decide if the drum sound or the guitar sound is shittier. Regardless, there are no good bits here, and even if this was well-produced, it would still bite my ass.
So I cannot say it looks like a good thing that there is a Black Metal scene in the third world. More releases like this should be the last thing anyone wants. If this were not so marginal and amateur-hour, I would call it an insult to Black Metal, but it isn't even notable enough to rate that high. This is a pretty worthless CD for anyone but the most rabid collector of BM curiosities.
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