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Review: Nachtmystium - Demise

Label: Autopsy Kitchen Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 43:03
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: February 12, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3.3/5 (66%) (10 Votes)

Well this is some cold black metal album if I ever heard one. Nachtmystium's latest is about as cold and grim as it gets, and a agonizing and depressive atmosphere is omnipresent from the first to the last second. Add to this some screeches that sound so remote and despaired that it'll send shivers through your spine. Think of early 90s Norwegian BM - the slow, agonizing stuff, not the hyperspeed one - mixed with early Graveland and you get a pretty good idea of what this sounds like. The raw production only help intensify the feeling of helplessness that this album leaves behind for the listener. The intro and outro are particularly mind-screwers, especially the outro which is one long noise-fest that's not without reminding me of the "music" used in some horror-suspense movies when the victims are lost in the woods with some killer/monster/whatever hunting them down - a feeling of isolation and of impending death. Extremely effective.

It's been damn long since I heard something that sounded remotely like this. Hell, I'm not even sure I have. This album will leave you drained after only a couple of listens. Avoid if you're depressive. ;)

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