|Review: Dusk - Orok Halalban|
Label: Possession Productions
Year released: 2009
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: October 21, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Rated 3.13/5 (62.5%) (8 Votes)
One look at Dusk's humorous homepage will tell you this Hungarian duo are one of those truly "kvlt" Black Metal bands that don't want anything to do with the music scene whatsoever (they even want everyone on the planet to die, apparently). This kind of mindless propagation usually irritates me, but I'm willing to cut Dusk some slack, because their sixth album Orok Halalban (or In Eternal Death) is actually rather good.
At only three tracks long, the album is a lot to take during one sitting. The epic seventeen minute-plus opener alone demands some serious attention, though after a minute or so you'll be ready to take the journey, as the band suck you in with some depressing and dark hypnotism. Their music sweeps you away in a tapestry of sound, everything from your stinging tremolos to wide-ranging keys that chill the soundscape without over-clouding it. Dusk's approach falls somewhere between the heavier parts of Summoning and Wolves In The Throne Room, though without the same level of dedication or intelligence as those units. But as their epics unfold, you begin to enjoy the swirling riffs, and soon you'll be engrossed in the mental imagery their music evokes.
Production isn't bad – the guitars are up front, as are Shadow's vocals, which are of the tortured and demented variety – and overall the album doesn't outstay its welcome. Saying that, there are some excruciating segments where the vocals simply break over hanging chords, forcing you to take cover. Still, this is more impressive than a lot of similar stuff out there.
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