|Review: Genocide - Apocalyptic Visions|
Label: Van Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: November 19, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 1.5/5 (30%) (4 Votes)
So far, everything I've gotten from Van has been pretty damned awesome, so I'm sorry to say this new one from Genocide is not that great. Debut album for this vicious band from Germany, Genocide try hard, but they just can't set it off.
Genocide are very raw, obviously what they wanted. But the riffs on here are mediocre at best, and they just repeat. The guitar tone is crap, with a dull, smoothed-out sound and mixed too low. The vocals are the loudest element here, and they are a very standard and unexciting howl, somewhat more akin to Dead's style of the old days, only without much energy or variation. After five tracks or so you just get tired of this guy screaming in your ear. They do break things up a bit with some choral sound effects and such, but overall this is just either dull or irritating. The riffs just repeat and repeat, and as I mentioned, the tone sucks, and the vocals just keep hacking away on top of them, with all the metrical interest of someone screaming a list of product ingredients in your ear. Not the most awful Black Metal album I have heard, but it doesn't have much to recommend it. In fact I don't recommend it at all.
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