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Review: Helm Of Awe - Demo
Helm Of Awe

Label: Independent
Year released: 2004
Duration: 41:09
Tracks: 5
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: October 7, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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I suppose it might be seen as iffy for me to review a demo that features our very own Chaossphere, but this is too good for me to ignore, and too good to just be forgotten. This is one of two demos released by this band, and despite the evidence, I hope they continue, as this is just excellent.

HoA play moody, melodic Black Metal in the genral vein of old Burzum, with no keys, just lots of layered harmonic guitars and huge, epic songs. I just love the hypnotic, rolling riffs on this album. HoA play long songs, but they never get boring, even the monstrous "Galactic Supremacy" doesn't go on too long, it's actually one of the high points of the disc. The production is thin on the bottom end, as you would expect, but that's so the evil, cold guitar riffs can be clearly heard, along with all the cool layered stuff they have going on. There is a tremendous amount of depth to this recording that belies the demo-level recording. This is obviously deeply complex music with a real purpose, not a few kids with a drum machine and a four tracker. This is the real shit. Play this for a Dimmu fan and watch them recoil in fear. Haha!

This may be a pointless review, as getting a hold of this demo would be difficult at best, but I just can't let this great slice of Black Metal vanish without even a ripple. And if you ever wondered if Chaossphere actually knows what he's talking about, look no further than this for proof that the man is more kvlt than you.

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