|Review: Morthond - Somber Deathwinds|
Year released: 2002
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: August 11, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)
"Dark and melancholic" black metal can be used to describe the overall feeling of this demo. The music is overall very raw, sometimes depressingly melodic, coupled with abysmal and agonizing vocals. I found this release to be somewhat addictive, having it constantly playing for hours, whether I was listening actively or as background music. Never going into ultra-fast playing, the overall CD is pretty much slow-paced with the occasional-but-rare "speedup". I am reminded at times of old Burzum, Diaboli and Darkthrone, just to name a few. This is not the kind of release that's here to show you some technical expertise, in fact it's quite repetitive and that's the beauty of it - the atmosphere created here is so damn effective, you can't help but feel entranced by the music, and as far as I'm concerned this far outweighs the lifeless technical show-offs we're often presented with nowadays.
This being a demo, I guess we can expect some debut album eventually. In the meantime I highly recommend you look for this release, available at some underground distros (Worm Gear Distro, among others.)
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