|Review: Balfor - Barbaric Blood|
Label: Pulverised Records
Year released: 2010
Review online: October 26, 2011
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.38/5 (67.69%) (13 Votes)
This is über generic Black Metal, but at the same time Barbaric Blood is kind of addictive. I couldn't help but feel like I had heard this stuff a hundred times before, but Balfor do a good job with most songs here and I kept going back to the album. This is melodic Black Metal but with enough rawness to avoid falling into the commercial side of things, despite a rather clean production job – not a bad thing since it definitely helps enjoy the melodic stuff that often meddles with more aggressive, raw and heavy Black Metal that's almost always lurking in there somewhere. Barbaric Blood has more than its share of slower passages and that sort of gets old quick, and the slow raspy vocals somehow don't feel like they belong, or that they should "be." It's been done before, but it's mostly enjoyable and worth a look if this is your kind of Black Metal.
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