|Review: Ancient Wrath - Darkness Upon the Face of the Depth|
|Darkness Upon the Face of the Depth|
Label: Black Plague Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: April 10, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
for:Darkness Upon the Face of the Depth
Ancient Wrath is the work of a talented Austrian black metaller, multi-instrumentalist Aratron. Don't let yourself be thrown off by the fact that on his Myspace page, he wears a Venom shirt, because you'll be missing a pretty good album.
Darkness Upon the Face of the Depth has many of the winning elements that make the Black Metal arts so enjoyable. The sound production is quite good, with just a touch of rawness in it. The pace is not always stuck to the infamous blast beat, but rather maintaining a moderate to mid-fast tempo which is well suitable and appropriate in this type of music. The guitars are nicely distorted, but cleaner work, including arpeggios, are all part of Ancient Wrath's bag of tricks, just like those tasty muscular riffs and melodic tremolo pickings. The guitar harmonies and the haunting keyboards unite to create a misty forest atmosphere. The distortion and the discrete drumming are the ones responsible for that touch of rawness mentioned before. The raspy vocals are another ghostly element in the eerie scenery . Darkness Upon the Face of the Depth has, on a few occasions, a certain epic feel, only adding to the good points already described. There is nothing bad to say about this release, although I don't actually consider it as a masterpiece, but more like a very pleasant and melodic Black Metal opus.
"Cold and Lifeless Aeon" and "Black Star Rising" are my overall favorite compositions, but this disc contains no bad tracks to list.
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