|Review: Black Altar - Death Fanaticism|
Label: Black Plague Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: September 22, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Too bad this is the first time I'm having a chance to listen to Black Altar, because this is damn good music! Death Fanaticism spells loud and clear: "darkly great Black Metal!" Now we're talking about serious business! The shit!
I can only appreciate the talent of this crazy musician, while being fascinated by this original sound and intense atmosphere. High quality Black Metal people! Not of the raw type, or of the over-produced style either. I just love their sound! Crazy/sick rasps, female operatic vocals, ghostly voices and keyboards, distorted leads and arpeggios, crunchy riffs, cool time signatures, varied paces, industrial/ambient passages and pummeling drums. Even the double basses sound awesome and pounding, as compared to the too often Power Metal-ish, mechanical (drum machines), or even cardboard-sounding. The only weak spot is the closing title track, a 13+ minutes ambient/dark instrumental, which is way too long for my own taste. Other than that, just excellent and original Black Metal with a certain cinematic/ghostly atmosphere, executed with top notch musicianship. Among my favorite compositions are: "The Antihuman Manifesto", "Decomposition ov Life", and "The Void".
Death Fanaticism is a superb and different piece of Black Metal arts.
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