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Review: Strid - Strid

Label: Ars Mysteriorum Records
Year released: 2005
Duration: 25:04
Tracks: 3
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: September 17, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating

Rated 4.3/5 (86%) (10 Votes)

This is a supposedly bootleg compilation by Ars Mysteriorum Records which compiles the entire discography (yes, all three tracks of it) of the fantastic old school Norwegian black metal band Strid. It's made up of the bands debut single track 'End of Life' demo from 1993 (which itself clocks in at a fair sized 11 minute 12 seconds of grimness), and their 2 track, 7 inch self titled EP from 1994.

Strid play an epic, dreamy variety of black metal, served up with a fairly good production quality across both demo and EP (which actually has a lot more fuzzed out warmth to it compared with the other stuff that was coming out around the time in Norway). Mid to slow-paced and trance inspiring, Strid's influences can be instantly heard in the sounds now coming from albums from the likes of Shining, Xasthur and Wolves in the Throne Room, and in my eyes at least, these guys certainly deserved a lot more credit and notoriety that they actually received. The overall aura is of course soaked in melancholy, and a really morbid vibe emits from each track (especially notable in the 2 EP tracks thanks in part to their masterful use of synthesizers, which hover eerily over the mix, floating softly over the nebulous, hissing guitars).

This is definitely an undiscovered (well, by most people that I know anyhow) gem that really deserves digging up, and given a good polishing off to allow its simplistic yet effective murky glow to shine forth once more.

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