|Review: Slaughtermessiah - Lord ov Terror|
|Lord ov Terror|
Year released: 2008
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: January 17, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Lord ov Terror
One of the reviewers here shied away from this, and I can't blame him - these guys here almost make the Black Legions bands sound melodic. In other words, this is beyond raw, über chaotic Black Metal that's so minimalistic that it walks the fine line between, well, minimalistic and crap - in fact they lose their footing here and there. This being a demo, I don't want to be too harsh on the sound and production, but it does hurt the music here, so it must be mentioned. More often than not the drums are lost so far in the background that they're barely audible one moment, and then later you go "hey, look who just joined the party." This is mostly very fast, with guitar work that most of the time exhibits nothing anywhere near "melody" (some would say musicianship, I guess :)). The guitars often sound like a freakish orgy of distortion, and there's just no way to make head or tails of this. I hadn't heard such stuff in years, and previously it was on tape demos from cult band from the early 90s. What's surprising is how, despite this seemingly uncontrolled chaos (as in "were they just jamming?"), they still manage to throw in a rather effective dark, evil-sounding, threatening atmosphere, and that just using the bass and guitar, playing a few notes. That they really nailed right. The vocals are out of this world - half way between "evil genius" and "fucking annoying". Loud screams that often overpower the instruments (part production here again), and there's no way in hell one will make out what the hell the guy's screaming about — well, judging from the song titles, it's not English, so that phases many people out to begin with (for the record, they advertise themselves as a satanic band, so work with that.)
You don't want to go anywhere near this unless you're into the rawest, most minimalistic BM, and, well, you need a bit of a sick and twisted mind to find something to like in such chaos. But hey, I wrote this on a Friday with outside temperatures around -30 Celsius in a building that, I swear, has no fucking insulation, so I was feeling sick and twisted alright. Anyone else will most likely turn this off in the first minute. Anyway, these guys still have work to do, and there are interesting elements to be found in all three songs, so maybe the next demo will showcase a "better managed chaos." Slaughtermessiah also have three other songs that will appear on a split, so it's not the last time we hear from them.
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