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Review: Sargeist - Let the Devil In
Let the Devil In

Label: Moribund Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 46:45
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: November 25, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Let the Devil In

Rated 3.93/5 (78.57%) (42 Votes)

Sargeist get a lot of good press, though I have never gotten around to hearing them before. Two members of this band are also in Behexen, who I do enjoy, so I was stoked to get this, Sargeist's third full-length in a discography unusually cluttered with split albums.

No nonsense here, this is just old-school murderous Black Metal with good riffs, evil atmosphere, and vocals that display a bit more texture and dynamic than the usual. The guitar sound is really pretty weak, without enough bite for me, but the riffs are hooky while still remaining atonal and nasty, with an epic sound that reminds me a bit of Nehemah. These songs do tend to flog the same riff for the whole song though, so even the really cool riffs get old before the song is over. On first spin I thought this was awesome, but repeated listens saw it begin to wear on me and reassess my overvaluation at first blush. And again, that weak guitar tone really annoys me after repeated spins – could then not have put some bite in that? This will get touted as a great Black Metal album when really it is highly conventional and merely good, rather than awesome.

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