|Review: Vukodlak - Blackest Autumn|
Label: Realms Of Darkness Productions
Year released: 2001
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: December 10, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)
"Blackest Autumn" is the first release by Vukodlak on Realms Of Darkness Productions. A full-length should come out on the same label sometime in 2002. I first became aware of this band through their mp3.com page and later found out about this MCD, which I bought as soon as it came out.
Vukodlak is a US Black Metal band whose music in the vein of early 90s BM, that is raw, fast, simple yet totally effective in creating an evil and hateful atmosphere (mandatory for BM in my opinion). Forget the damn pussified keyboard stuff, this is the real deal. The vocals are of the usual BM variety, pretty well done overall. This is pretty much in the same vein as "modern" raw USBM and early Norwegian stuff. The guitars are razor-sharp and damn well done here. Overall the music is pretty much fast-paced without slowing down much. The only real complaint I have about this MCD is that it ends with a few seconds of silence followed by some dumb "chaotic" sounds. Not only do I not like that even on a full-length album (ok I fucking hate that), but on a MCD that's less than 22 minutes long, that's just a waste. Anyway, at least the remaining 21 minutes are well executed raw BM that most fans of the genre should enjoy. This MCD is limited to 1000 copies so don't wait until you have to shell out the big bucks for it on eBay.
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