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Classic Review: Graveland - In The Glare Of Burning Churches
In The Glare Of Burning Churches

Label: No Colours Records
Year released: 1993
Duration: 33:27
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: March 30, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
In The Glare Of Burning Churches

Rated 3.69/5 (73.71%) (35 Votes)

Graveland's debut (sort of - this is mostly demo material) is quite different from the band's more recent offerings, focusing more on (very) raw Black Metal with very harsh vocals and some dark background atmosphere provided by Darken's excellent handling of the keyboards. In fact the keyboard work is not only "dark;" but also sounds downright evil at times, resulting in a perfect complement to the brutal guitar work. This is not one of those fast-paced Black Metal albums however - it's a good mix of slow and mid-paced stuff. Some tracks are slow and heavy as hell, hammering you down psychologically and just drawing you into the overall evil and dark mood of the album. This may sound cliché but this is pretty much the only way to describe it. While more recent Graveland album focus on pagan ideals and white pride, "In The Glare..." is downright anti-Christian material, yet some of its elements will carry over in later releases, especially the trademark evil sound that the band is known for. No weak track on this album. The cover art depicts a church burning in Poland in the 1994/95 period.

This album is a must-have for fans of raw Black Metal (those only into stuff like CoF or Dimmu should avoid - except if they want a taste of real BM). Not only is this hailed as a classic BM release, some also consider it to be Graveland's best work (I don't fully agree with this but it's all a matter of opinion anyway.) There is another edition of this album that includes more tracks and a different, colour artwork. Supposedly the tracks sound even better on the other edition.

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