|Review: Pseudogod - Sepulchral Chants|
Label: Nuclear War Now! Productions
Year released: 2018
Originally released in: 2015
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: August 5, 2021
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)
This is a compilation of this Russian band's non-album tracks, so lots of stuff that adds up to nearly 78 minutes of demo and EP, single and what-have-you tracks. Surprisingly, the ensemble is relatively coherent in that it doesn't sound disjointed.
Pseudogod play a brand of raw and muddy black metal that's anything but flashy. I'd say it even works well as background music despite it being rather violent and with a malevolent atmosphere to boot, with some haunting rasps that will keep you awake at night. Their music is firmly rooted in mid-90s to early 2000s black metal and there's some of the Scandinavian sound creeping up here and there and even a bit of a raw, darker Deströyer 666 vibe at times when they get on the thrashier side of things, but Pseudogod's muddy approach kind of hides that and you really need quite a few attentive listens to let this all sink in and notice all the winks at their various influences. Maybe a bit on the long side for the style, but it's not boring. Check it out if you're in the mood for some evil stuff loaded with atmosphere.
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