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Review: Otargos - Apex Terror
Apex Terror

Label: Listenable Records
Year released: 2013
Duration: 39:09
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: June 17, 2021
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)

This album came out while the French black metal scene had hit sort of a slump, after some very strong releases from the mid-90s to the early 2000s and then getting stronger again in the late 2010s. Otargos was one of the odd bands out and Apex Terror certainly has nothing to envy releases from the aforementioned periods. Fast, heavy, pounding, hateful and sometimes even a little insane black metal is what is on offer here, and it's very addictive as I've been having a hard time not picking this album over anything else in my playlist for several days now. Strong vocal work here, very harsh screeches that spit out some fucking hate and don't let up. These guys know quality black metal and even though it's rather polished, it has a similar effect to that of the rawer, most violent black metal you're bound to hear. Whether it's the guitars or drums or vocals, the material on Apex Terror takes over your speakers, makes your walls shake and makes your cry for mommy. You've got to love that razor-sharp guitar work that will slice your eardrums into a thousand pieces. There are more melodic moments popping up through the violent blasting, and they come off as quite memorable and sometimes kind of doomy and melancholic. A diverse album that just calls for repeat plays.

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