|Review: Arawn - Welsh Black Metal|
|Welsh Black Metal|
Year released: 2007
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: September 27, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Welsh Black Metal
Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)
Whenever I listen to this, Arawn's second demo, I can't help but think of Greece's Nocternity, even though both bands don't really sound alike - but they do share stylistic similarities. This is melancholic, melodic Black Metal with some doom-ish moments. The music sounds low and it has nothing to do with volume, but rather with the gloomy atmosphere. Be it keyboards, guitars, drums and vocals, everything here sounds whispered, menacing - or depressing, depending on the song - and the result is quite listenable, although it has the perverse side effect of relegating this to background music if you don't pay close, constant attention. From acoustic guitars and soothing keyboard melodies to raging old school Black Metal, Arawn manage to maintain this damning atmosphere that is almost bone-chilling at times, although it doesn't quite get there. The vocals are excellent for the style - very low whispers, sometimes slightly more harsh, an overall vocal style similar to Arawn's countrymates Old Forest. A promising demo for sure, and I'll be on the lookout for upcoming releases.
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