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Review: Arbrynth - Arbrynth

Label: Independent
Year released: 2011
Duration: 54:54
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: July 31, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (3 Votes)

Melbourne, Australia's Arbrynth blend a lot of styles into their self-titled debut album. It is hard to settle on one particular genre when an album contains both clean (male and female) and Black vocals, simple, unadorned guitars and blast-beat drums. "Amidst the Ruins," the album's opening track, starts off like a typical Symphonic Black Metal song with rasps, double-kicks and lush guitars, but it slows midway through and the clean vocals kick in. That pattern sums up Arbrynth. All of the songs have an air of melancholy in their melodies and some feature very little Black influence. I quite like "The Raven," which is features a simple guitar line and is hauntingly catchy, thanks in no small part to the plain yet forceful vocals of bassist Tina. The song does go on for longer than it should, a common theme on Arbrynth. If I had to pin the album down, I would compare it, in style, to the music of Agalloch, though less distinctive or engaging.

If you like your Metal to fit nicely into one or, at the most, two categories, Arbrynth may not work for you. If, however, you lean toward the eclectic and varied, it is an album worth checking out.

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