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Review: Averse Sefira - Battle's Clarion
Averse Sefira
Battle's Clarion

Label: Lost Disciple Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 34:59
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: December 30, 2004
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Battle's Clarion

Rated 3.36/5 (67.2%) (25 Votes)

This is the second (and to date, most recent) full-length from US Black Metal band Averse Sefira. Desolate Gale, our resident US underground kiddie, sent me this for reasons explicable only to him, so I shall review it as follows. I was not familiar with this band before this CD, but I have to say they are pretty good.

If I had to describe this band in one word it would be: Enthroned. Sorry, but there it is – they sound a LOT like Enthroned. If I could add other words I would also say 'not as good as Enthroned'. I like this disc, but I have to take exception with the guitar tone, which is muted and smooth and generally just far to wussy for a BM band. That said, there are some cool melodies on this album, and the vocals are actually pretty good. Averse Sefira break up the blasting speed with some moodier interludes that give the album a little touch of originality, so that's good. "Condemned To Glory" is a good tune, and "Deathhymn" is the best song on here. A lot of this album tends to run together, and the second half is pretty faceless, but there is some fun to be had with it. Bottom line: Averse Sefira are doing nothing new, but they do what they do well enough. If you like Enthroned, then this will not be a wasted purchase. This album could use a much heavier guitar sound, but it's decent.

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