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Review: Blacksword - The Sword Accurst
Blacksword
www.blacksword-metal.com
The Sword Accurst

Label: Echoes Of Crom Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 29:21
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: September 25, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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The Sword Accurst

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This is the second release from Howie Bentley's Echoes of Crom label, and hopefully not the last. Blacksword are a Russian band who have spent half a decade toiling in obscurity before releasing their debut full-length with The Sword Accurst.

The style here is straight-ahead Heavy Metal not too far removed from chaotic US bands like Helstar. Blacksword have a rough, raw production that nevertheless packs a lot of punch, and while their playing is not as tight as it could be, they go after their songs with enviable energy and enthusiasm. No matter how loose their playing may get, they are all really going for it, and that creates a kind of energy that all the studio tricks in the world can't fake. Vocalist Sergey Konev is of this same school, as no one would accuse him of being a really technical singer, but he wails like a motherfucker and never lets the momentum slip. In some places he sounds a little out of control, but after many listens I think his whacked-out approach is the right one.

This is pretty short for a supposed full-length, but all the stuff on here is worth hearing. Be warned: this is balls-out stripped-down Heavy Metal for serious 80's mavens, and those weaned on slick modern metal will likely be put off, but for fans of the old school, this is gold.

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