|Review: Unveiled - Anti-God Behavior|
Label: Woodcut Records
Year released: 2002
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: September 23, 2006
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4/5 (80%) (1 Vote)
I've been running into a lot of Finnish Black Metal bands lately. My first reaction was that it had been a while since I had last heard this kind of sound, but then I realised this was released in 2002 (why I'm getting these Woodcut releases so much later, I do not know.) Back then this was kind of the "in" sound for Black Metal - think a mix of early Emperor, Borknagar, Cirith Gorgor and Abigor, to name only a few. Mid to fast-paced somewhat melodic Black Metal is the name of the game here. By melodic I do not mean a keyboard fest - here beside some rather speedy and somewhat violent playing we can hear a hint of melody and some diverse riffage that add some catchiness to what would otherwise be rather monotone and lacking identity. The speedfest is occasionally interrupted by slower head-crushing passages that add an atmospheric element to the ensemble. Of course, Unveiled suffer from the "it's been done before" syndrome, but at least the guys do it right and in the end that's the most important thing. It still took me a few listens to get into this. The material is quite packed and there's something new to be discovered with every listen, and here that's a good thing.
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