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Review: Avsky - Scorn

Label: Moribund Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 48:11
Tracks: 6
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: June 5, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 4.12/5 (82.35%) (17 Votes)

Fast, slow, mid-paced, thrashy, doomy, raw, atmospheric can all be applied to describe the Black Metal on Avsky's Scorn. It's not all of those at the same time, of course, but it does take you on a rollercoaster ride where you'll get to experience a little bit of each. The constant here is the vocal work, some haunting, somewhat demented screaming that grabs you by the throat. It's a bit like the vocals from Nocternity – kind of a mix of early Burzum and Darkthrone – just a bit rawer here. I often found myself listening to nothing else but the vocals.

There's nothing really new offered on Scorn, if not for how Avsky have done a great job of mixing various elements of different mid to late 90s Black Metal genres (pretty much everything except the symphonic variety.) The tracks here are all seven to ten minutes long except for "The Beyond" which feels like a quickie at 3:18 – in fact it's really just a quiet interlude stuck in the middle of the album. Nothing flashy here – this is raw but not "bathroom style", with a decent enough sound that carries well this 48 minutes journey through hell. If you're into old school Black Metal and long for some variety, Scorn is a good pick.

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