|Review: Stiny Plamenu - Mrtva Komora|
Label: Naga Productions
Year released: 2009
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: January 3, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Fifth album for these Czech black metallers. It's been a while since I last listened to anything by these guys. Melodic Black Metal on steroids is probably not a bad way of describing them quickly. They don't overdo the melodic stuff like some keyboard-loving Black Metal bands do, but there's just no escaping it – it adds a bit of catchiness to the whole thing, and those little raw and screechy melodic parts are bound to stick in your head. Couple that with some mid to fast-paced mid-90s-style Black Metal – lots of blast beats, but surprisingly that's usually not too annoying. In terms of music, there isn't much here you haven't heard before if you've listened to a lot of Swedish Black Metal, especially the 90s stuff and the rawer output in the 2000s – not the über necro stuff, but the raw yet adequately produced bands. I like the guitar quite a bit here – it's razor-sharp and quite visceral, yet at the same time can convey a good bit of melody. I found that the drums and vocals sometimes take too much of the lead however, and the guitars can get drowned into that here and there. The vocals are BM screeches, often sounding like a "loud whisper". You've guessed by the track names that this is all sung in Czech, so decipherability is not much of a concern to a large part of the world and of course as always this gives a bit of a folk-ish feeling to the whole thing for non-Czech speakers.
Overall, a good Black Metal album without fillers, but at the same time doesn't bring anything new to the table. If you're looking for some good Swedish-style Black Metal with melody, this is a good pick.
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