|Review: Snowfall - Delerium Tremens|
Label: NHR Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: September 23, 2009
Reviewed by: Brett Buckle
Rated 3.86/5 (77.14%) (7 Votes)
Normally when I review an album I like to listen to it at least four or five times before passing judgment, and never did I think this would be an issue. I mean surely I can listen to even the worst album four times right? The answer is no. Canada's Snowfall have done something that has, admittedly quite frequently, been done before and proved me wrong. This is lowest common denominator Black Metal with delusions of grandeur. The end result is like if a bunch of drunken hobos (which according to their Myspace page might not be far from the truth) found a 4-track in a dumpster and then robbed a place that was home to a bedroom Black Metal one-man band.
"From Black to Brown" starts off with an utterly generic black'n'roll kind of riff with some of the worst reverb heavy vocals ever to grace a Black Metal album. The mid section "breakdown" makes baby Satan cry with its 3 note, empty space drumming. "March of the Tyrants" is marginally better with a more DSBM sound and feel, and the bargain basement production suits this style a lot better. The drumming also picks up here as well, doing a better job of filling the void left by the non-existent bass. The vocals however remain terrible, and perhaps are even worse, really thin and juvenile in sound, and it is hard to get past them as they fail to inspire any sense of unease or desperation. "Dilaudid" is actually a decent track with some atmosphere and icy melody, and apart from the continuing atrocious vocals and mindlessly abrupt ending, is possibly worth listening to four times. I don't want to be unfair here, there are some OK riffs ("The Great Void" opens with some nice cold riffage (though the vocals sound like an orc being sodomised by Legolas)) and moments of bleak, cold atmosphere, and this is definitely not as bad as Qrujhuk, but this is only going to appeal to those who well, actually, I have no fucking idea, but there is an audience out there I'm assuming. Considering these guys have been around for 8 years, I don't think it's too much to ask that they be able to keep in time or learn how to sing in Black Metal.
Delerium Tremens has its moments, but there are really only about three of them. Sadly, Snowfall have set the entry bar way too high by playing music where the entry bar is way too low. This is lo-fi in the extreme and kvlt beyond all sense of the world, putting them so deep in the underground that maybe no one will be able to dig them up. Have a listen to "Forest of the Eld" and see what I mean; the production is so bad it's difficult to tell what is going on, and when you can tell it is out of time and uninspired. If that is your bag then power to you my friend, but I have to say I'm glad this review is done and I never have to listen to this again.
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