|Review: Atra Hora - Lost in the Depths|
|Lost in the Depths|
Label: Darknagar Records
Year released: 2010
Review online: August 9, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Lost in the Depths
This is a Russian band who have only been around for 4 years or so, and this is their debut album. This is not groundbreaking, but it is at least different. Very different from what you expect when you hear the words "Death/Black", this has a hollow, cavernous sound to it that gives a lot of space to the lower end. The guitar tone is a bit more muted than I like, but with the powerful bass and drum sound it forms a thick wall of sound that really hits you. The vocals are an expected low roar interspersed with some shrieks here and there. Overall the riffing here is pretty good, with good melodies buried in the assault. Keys are background for the most part, adding space to the compositions without trying to cover the guitars. This is very heavy and rhythmical, and it has a lot of energy. Despite that, it is too pretentious for its own good, and frequently draws out the songs for no real reason. Atra Hora have an interesting sound that is worth exploring, but they are not great by any stretch.
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