|Review: King - Sufferance Obsolescent|
Label: NHR Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: December 22, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)
I don't know if it's the band's name or something, but I was not really enthusiastic about working on this CD. To my greatest surprise, Sufferance Obsolescent turned to be a pretty good release actually.
The interesting fact about this new Canadian act is that this is their debut album, a promise of more darkness to follow in a near future, hopefully. With its short (3-4 minutes) compositions, King won't bore anyone with useless stretches and the likes. The demo-ish rawer production is not too repulsive either, since King doesn't stick to the furious/blasting beat on a constant basis. I always enjoy a mid-paced beat in Black Metal, and those boys can use it in a very pleasant way. In fact, two of the best tracks on this release don't even have any fast type of movement. The instrumental, title track, is one of them. It contains great distorted/echoing arpeggios, just as enjoyable as the ones to be witnessed on this other excellent composition, "Weary Funeral Eyes". That last one really came in as a nice surprise, not only for the above mentioned arpeggios, but also for its atmosphere that I would describe as: melo-depressive darkness. I've heard this type of beauty in Black Metal before, mostly from Italian acts though. This particular song is where I would have wished for a longer time duration, allowing the venomous dose of somberness a deeper infiltration. On Sufferance Obsolescent, some keyboards were used to create an added touch of ambience, all done with good taste.
Over all, Sufferance Obsolescent came out as a pleasant somber surprise.
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