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Review: H5N1 - Biochemical Warfare Kult
Biochemical Warfare Kult

Label: Independent
Year released: 2009
Duration: 18:00
Tracks: 5
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: February 6, 2009
Reviewed by: Tony Augsburg
Readers Rating
Biochemical Warfare Kult

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)

Here is the kvlt Death Metal band, H5N1, formed from the ashes of a few now defunct bands. The reason I say they are kvlt is because they do not have, nor do they want, a MySpace page or a website; also the demo they have is on a cassette tape. None of this is to bash the band at all, respecting their decision to not conform to society, just in case any of you were going to go search for this band on the world wide web you will have a hard time finding info.

H5N1 play a style of Death Metal that seems to be somewhat influenced by the use of symphonic and industrial sounds. Usually I am a stickler for the highest quality a band can have - I will bitch about something wrong with sound quality because I can't hear shit. This is not one of those cases. Yes the quality is lower, probably the case of not a lot of money to record and the attempt for a certain sound. The lower quality actually adds to the sound, and clear production may not be a good element here.

What we have is a Death Metal band who seems to either take their music with the deepest feelings and puts their heart into it so they can be a force in the underground seen, or we have a band that is still searching for their sound. I am leaning more towards the former because of prior statements by the band. There is some standard Death Metal-style riffing and also a little creativity involved within. With the extra touches of the symphonic sound the band has a nice style. One thing I can't stand really though is the vocals, they just seem overly forced and not enthusiastic at all.

Overall I think that this demo is a good gateway for the band to expand their sound and fan base. It will be a little hard for people to listen to them because they are not on MySpace, but to gain an underground following these are risks you have to take. I will look forward to hear future releases from the band.

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