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Review: Order of the Ebon Hand - VII: The Chariot
Order of the Ebon Hand
VII: The Chariot

Label: Satanath Records
Year released: 2019
Duration: 43:42
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: March 26, 2020
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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VII: The Chariot

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Order of the Ebon Hand are a band that have been crawling in the shadows of the land of ancient mysticism and mesmerizing Black Metal known as Greece for decades. They originally broke up after their debut in 1998, but they reformed in 2003 and have technically been active since then, even though this is the first full-length they've released since 2005.

Anyway, these guys specialize in blasting out hyperspeed Black Metal that roughly sounds like a mix between Dark Funeral and Immortal. These guys fire on all cylinders for the entire album, with every song blazing forward like spitting flames from the burning pits of hell. Drummer Deimos is especially worthy of note, as his non-stop skin bashing is enough to make me wonder how he could keep this shit up in a live setting without breaking something.

All that said, there's not an original idea in sight, and with the exception of the exciting "The Slow Death Walk", the songs are all fairly one-note in their intensity and would have been helped greatly if they had a little more variation. I can't say these guys are going to change the world of Black Metal as we know it, but they'll definitely get some love from fans of the more extreme end of the genre.

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