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Review: Xasthur - A Gate Through Bloodstained Mirrors
A Gate Through Bloodstained Mirrors

Label: Profane Productions
Year released: 2001
Duration: 72:31
Tracks: 13
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: September 14, 2006
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating
A Gate Through Bloodstained Mirrors

Rated 4/5 (80%) (8 Votes)

This first release by the twisted mind of Malefic draws together all of the best elements he was to go on to put into his later Xasthur albums, but in larger portions. The harsh, fuzzy production swathes the shimmering discordant guitar lines throughout the entire album, bringing to mind classic Burzum and Mutiilation in equal amounts. Malefic said in an interview said that when he feels depressed, he tries to transpose the feelings in his head to guitar. Needless to say, he does a damn good job of it. Torturous riff after riff of depressive black hatred drools from the speakers like murky tar encompassing the spirits of lost souls wanting peace. Yep, it's that good.

The vocals on the album are quiet in the mix compared to some raw black metal albums, although still can be enjoyed as extra 'instrumentation' to the overall sound and feel of the album; the drums similarly are simply 'there' rather than being outstandingly technical or blasé. Rather than being comprehensible vocal lines, Malefic shrieks and roars in the most insane manner, with no words understandable throughout (again, the Burzum-like worship shows here also).

Overall, this is a supremely dark and morbid album for those into the more extreme black metal, such as the some of the bands mentioned above. Definitely not one for the average 'Dimmu Borgir' fan club member anyhow.

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