|Review: Skeleton - Ordainment of Divinity|
|Ordainment of Divinity|
Label: 20 Buck Spin
Year released: 2021
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: February 19, 2021
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Ordainment of Divinity
Rated 3/5 (60%) (6 Votes)
This is a demo EP hot on the heels of the band's self-titled debut album from 2020, and it's more on the extreme side of things. Considering that it's a precursor to the next album, it's a good indicator that it won't be a quiet one. It's very short at just over 12 minutes, and 2:49 of those are an intro. It's actually a good intro, but at this length it would work better on an album rather than a short EP like this one.
The songs are all short, two of them in the minute-and-a-half range, one at two-and-a-half and, I guess the epic one at four minutes. ;) Strangely, despite the short length, Ordainment of Divinity doesn't quite feel that short and that's likely due to the savage chaos that kicks in right after the intro and doesn't let up until the very end—and it's a rough ride. It's very raw, messy and loud punk-infused black metal (or is that the other way around?), much more brutal than the debut album was, to the point where I wouldn't know it's the same band without looking. The recording is quite unpolished and even a little scratchy, so this certainly sounds and feels like a demo without any attempt to make it sound clean. This level of chaos is not for everyone and is certainly an acquired taste, but it makes me look forward to the next album. Then again, I'm a maniac. Ordainment of Divinity is certainly not essential, and I'd steer people toward the debut album instead to get a better idea of what Skeleton can do, but if you're looking for a short trip into total chaos, this will do just fine.
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