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Review: Gorath - Misotheism

Label: Descent Productions
Year released: 2008
Duration: 48:23
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: August 22, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3.88/5 (77.5%) (8 Votes)

A damn good Black Metal release right out of Belgium here.  I'm not familiar with their previous work, but based on the review of last year's release, this seems to be sensibly the same kind of material overall.  On one side you have some heavy as fuck, raw Black Metal that borrows a little from the early 90s Scandinavian school - think Darkthrone meets Carpathian Forest meets Emperor, and throw in some Dark Funeral for the faster, more violent tracks.  Gorath's music is more refined, but one can hear a little bit of these guys here and there.  Some very vicious, surgical guitar playing that pierces the ear, when it's not downright headbangable thanks to the little occasional black 'n' roll-ish vibe.  Add to this some folk-ish passages inserted all over the place, sometimes discreet enough to miss them on the first couple of listens.  BM-style screeches and rasps meet the occasional clean vocals, a style not unlike the one used by early-2000s Enslaved — although the vocals are harsher here.  The drums are loud as hell, but not in a bad way since they don't actually bury the other instruments - the just shake those speakers a little bit. ;)

There are some - quite a few actually - acoustic/atmospheric moments that are extremely well done, an absolute delight for the ears.  Despite the sharp contrast with the raw, heavy and brutal Black Metal tracks, these parts never feel out of place, just flowing along without losing a beat.  There are bands that always screw this up, but on this album Gorath have certainly mastered the art of mixing such violent tracks with the more soothing, sometimes "menacing" atmospheric tracks.  Not a single second feels like a filler on this puppy.  Lots of stuff to take in, so a few listens are needed before grasping the genius at play here. Highly recommended.

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