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Review: Original Sin - Misanthropic
Original Sin
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Misanthropic

Label: Funeral Moonlight Productions
Year released: 2007
Duration: 48:18
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: November 26, 2008
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Original Sin are a Chinese band, which means they could probably get in trouble for recording this in their home country. That said, I wish this was better than it is. Anybody can be in a Black Metal band in the US — hell in Scandinavia it's practically respectable, but in China - as in most Asian nations — not so much.

Anyway, this is very much influenced by the old school of the second wave, and Mayhem and Burzum are the major influences here. Original Sin have a nice, buzzing, spitting guitar sound, and they churn out some really good riffs on here, especially when they slow down a little, as on "Be Disgusted With The City". They lose some points for using a load of vocal effects — if you can't sound necro unassisted, then get some other job, please — but they do go with the sometimes Xasthur-like depressive mood. This is a decent BM album, but towards the end it gets repetitive, and a good guitar sound alone cannot sail you past all evils. This has bright spots, but you are ready for it to be over long before it is. Worth a look though.


Track Listing:
  1. Shadow
  2. The Black Cloud Upon The City
  3. Ruin All
  4. Be Disgusted With The City
  5. Lost Wisdom (Burzum Cover)
  6. Pure Land
  7. The Elegy Of The City
  8. Original Sin
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