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Review: Khors - Cold

Label: Oriana Music
Year released: 2006
Duration: 37:56
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: August 11, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (10 Votes)

When it comes to Black Metal, the Ukraine is more often than not a safe bet, and incidentally Khors do not disappoint. The band mixes the styles of countrymates Nokturnal Mortum and Drudkh to create some good quality atmospheric Black Metal. While the album has its share of "rocking" moments, complete with a tasteful use of blast beats, it is overall a rather melodic, slow to mid-paced proposition with a poignant, omnipresent melancholic atmosphere that will either send the listener into a lightly depressive state or, best case scenario, invoke images of vast and peaceful landscapes.

My only beef with the album are the keyboards, which I found need some getting used to. They're not burying the other instruments or anything, but there are times when the music is in full destructive mode - guitars and drums thundering away - and you can hear the keyboards sounding very... Lighthearted? It reminded me of when we played the xylophone in elementary school (boy did that suck...) Now imagine that kind of sound with electric guitars and blast beats. Weird, to say the least.

Overall, not much to complain about. It's been done before, but it's done well. Fans of Nokturnal Mortum and Drudkh should find Khors to be right up their alley.

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