|Review: Knowhere - The Mascot|
Year released: 2004
Genre: Melodic Black Metal
Review online: November 12, 2004
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3/5 (60%) (1 Vote)
It's been a while since I last heard melodic Black Metal in this vein. So long in fact that I don't really know who to compare them too. :) Maybe I could go on a limb and make some comparisons with Under an Occult Sun-era Blinded by Faith, but musically only: The vocals are better here, with no remains of Dani Filth-esque vocalese lying around. There's also much less keyboards - Knowhere do use them quite a bit, but they're not nearly as predominant, accompanying the guitars and drums without flodding them under a barrage of keys - overall this is quite a tasteful and expert use of keyboards. The music is a mix of happier-sounding and also more gloomy moments, just like BBF tend to do. They also have a bit of a Hegemon thing going, with those less melodic, harsher and faster moments scattered throughout the album.
The CD comes in a DVD packaging. While this is still original (for the moment), I find that a bit annoying because it makes it more difficult to store it along with the other CDs (that depends on your storage system, of course. :)) That said, for an independent release the band provides a very nice packaging that far surpasses many label releases, with a very well laid-out booklet that includes the lyrics (but I must point out the font used is very difficult to read.)
If you like Black Metal that's not too grim, dark and speedy and most importantly want some melody, then this is well worth looking into. While not exactly original overall, these people know how to play and there are some moments here and there that are attention-grabbers. Not bad at all.
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