|Review: Apparition - In The Name Of Chiu|
|In The Name Of Chiu|
Label: Nerbilous Productions
Year released: 2008
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: April 8, 2009
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:In The Name Of Chiu
The first time I heard Apparition was some track on their Myspace page, and I pretty much recoiled in horror. A few weeks later, I finally gave this demo a try, and it's not as bad as I was expecting - but it's nowhere near great either. In the Name of Chiu is basically chaotic (cacophonous?), raw, no-frills Black Metal with completely undecipherable vocals. Save for the quiet intro to the first song, everything either is rather distortioned - forget the pretty landscapes approach. From roughly the 1:00 minute mark, it's a rollercoaster of hit and misses. The omnipresent bleak/depressing and somewhat horror-like atmosphere is probably the best thing here, but things can get ugly when you get into the details. The music is often very repetitive. That's not always a bad thing, but here it's just downright annoying, in a "get it over with, already" kind of way. This is mostly true of the faster passages which are mostly nothing but the same drums/guitars repeated over and over. Throw in some weird-sounding effect that sounds like the disc is skipping, and that pretty much kills the mood completely. Fortunately things are much better in the slow and mid-paced parts where this has more of a early 90s Scandinavian style - i.e. This gets good when the instruments sound like they are being played rather than dropped from the top of an endless flight of stairs. "Raw Black Metal" doesn't mean that you can get away with meaningless noise and muddy production, really... The cover of Slayer's "Black Magic" is OK, but suffers from a somewhat crappy sound that muffles the whole thing.
A good potential is displayed on In the Name of Chiu, unfortunately hindered by some pathetic attempt at sounding evil through cacophony. Cut this demo in half and keep only the good parts and you've got something, Maybe corrected in the other demo released by the band? That remains to be seen. The vocals are OK most of the time - very good twisted, demonic-sounding complement to the atmosphere, but some of them sometimes sound like the guy got his hand stuck in a blender or something (read: abuse of some distortion effect) - another thing that needs to go. The good parts are nothing original, but I wouldn't mind seeing a more "disciplined" release focusing on that approach. Let's wait and see.
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