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Review: Vassafor - Malediction

Label: Debemur Morti Productions
Year released: 2017
Duration: 54:01
Tracks: 5
Genre: Death/Black


Review online: December 7, 2017
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (10 Votes)

Vassafor are a Kiwi band who have been kicking around for better than twenty years, though they were broken up from ?97 to ?04 and since they reformed they have cranked out a slew of EPs, demos, splits and live albums, despite only have a single full-length in all that time. This is only their second real album in thirteen years.

This is not bad, but the recording job is severely lacking. The riffs have a lot of melodic shade in them, which is hard to hear because the production is so muffled and slushy. The songs are long, but they are not long for any real reason beyond just being long, as they don't have any real cohesion as songs. After half the song is over, it just starts to sound like the same blur of low-fi noise, and your attention starts to wander.

Vassafor are obviously aiming for a very old-school second-wave vibe, but no one explained to them the difference between a production job that sounds raw and one that is just bad. The sound is crappy, the songwriting is pretty uneventful, and the riffs are standard. Not much to recommend here.

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