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Review: Varathron - Walpurgisnacht

Label: Vic Records
Year released: 2022
Originally released in: 1995
Duration: 52:12
Tracks: 11
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: March 20, 2022
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3.86/5 (77.14%) (7 Votes)

This was the second Varathron album way back in 1995, and it's a good mix of the black metal sounds of that era, along with that little Greek touch. The album's base sound is quite raw and basic (not as much as many other black metal bands of that era, mind you) and those guitar riffs just get stuck in your head after one listen. They use keyboards here and there, sometimes a little subtly while other times they stand apart a little, mostly to good effect and providing a bit of a sorrowful, quiet atmosphere. The vocals are a mix of somewhat decipherable rasps and clean vocals, which are used to good effect though they kind of catch me off guard every time. The album is quite varied and sometimes gives the impression that they were trying a bunch of different things, but it doesn't sound disjointed. While there are newer albums by the band I like better, this one is better than some of their turn-of-the-century stuff and the variety is sure to keep the listener busy for a while.

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