|Review: Rev 16:8 - Ashlands|
Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2011
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: May 2, 2011
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Rated 4/5 (80%) (12 Votes)
Like Dark Funeral or Marduk, a spot of Watain? Well bust open your wallet and hand over your crisp notes because this is exactly what the doctor prescribed for fans of said acts. There really isn't much more to say about Rev 16:8 and their latest opus Ashlands. This is pure glossed up Swedish black metal which, while hardly original, is hardly offensive either – at least to this reviewer's ears.
The production is clear enough to hear the instruments with fairly good clarity, which is something that will scare of the more hardcore basement production warriors, but those who like clear and quality production with their black metal with lap this right up. The guitar tone however, sadly suffers quite a bit, almost buried underneath the drums and manic vocals of Talon; luckily the guitars aren't buried so much that you can't hear the riffs, which is fortunate as some of them are really quite good.
Overall if you like the bands mentioned earlier this is definitely worth your time, and if you're a fan of black metal and don't run away from clean production I'd recommend giving this a blast too. However fans outside of the genre won't find much here.
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