|Review: Old Wainds - Where The Snows Are Never Gone
|Where The Snows Are Never Gone
Label: Miriquidi Productions
Year released: 2003
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: April 16, 2006
Reviewed by: Ktb
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Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (2 Votes)
Calling an album 'rawer' and 'colder' than anything else takes guts. First off, you have to do it knowing you probably haven't heard 5% of black metal albums ever made, and secondly, these adjectives can be interpreted differently, depending on who you're asking. At the risk of sounding cliched, I can feel the hate, cold and pure evil listening to this full-length, originally a demo tape, of this Ukrainian band. This is exactly what bands should go for if they want to create a 'raw' sound. The fact that this was recorded in 1997 also helps. The drums have a distinct sound, they are not too high in the mix. The guitar is also mindblowing. The riffs vary from mid-paced Scandinavian second wave black metal, to mid-paced, the latter occurring not as often as the former. The vocalist sings in his native language, and even though I don't have a single clue of what he's talking about, you can tell he isn't very happy by the sound of his voice. Some may consider this to be too raw for their unpolished ears, and some may find it generic, uninspired, or what have you. Personally, I find this to be the most interesting, evil, and memorable black metal albums/demos ever recorded. This doesn't need to be explained in 2000 words - all you can do is get it and see for yourself.
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