|Review: Velonnic Sin - Ritual|
Year released: 2005
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: February 10, 2009
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Rated 2/5 (40%) (1 Vote)
Velonnic Sin was another album from my collection that was picked up from a sale section of a webstore, However, this one proved to be a let down. I was hoping that behind the fairly generic 'use an old woodcut/painting as album art' cliché that these guys went for, that they also might purvey some fantastic underground blackness for my ears to discover. But alas, my hopes were cruelly dashed upon pressing play.
OK, so some of the riffage on display is actually pretty decent, but unfortunately nowhere near enough of it to sate my hunger for quality Black Metal. The shoddy production (not even shoddy in a 'necro' Darkthrone type way, just an annoyingly mixed distorting hum that sucks every bit of atmosphere that the riffs DO create right down the shitter) does nothing for Velonnic Sin's sound, but more importantly, neither does the crap sounding drum machine. The riffs just don't grab you by the throat like you want them do, and often end up tying themselves in knots of speedy melody which go no-where just as fast, before ending abruptly, or on a seemingly random note.
Anyway, those looking for awesome quality Black Metal can pass on by safely here. On a more positive note, I notice on their site that they've released a 2nd album since this debut, the sound clips of which that I heard sound a lot more interesting. For the band's starting point though, this album just doesn't cut the mustard.
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