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Review: Judas Iscariot - To Embrace the Corpses Bleeding
Judas Iscariot
To Embrace the Corpses Bleeding

Label: Red Stream
Year released: 2002
Duration: 38:09
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: January 1, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (9 Votes)

"To Embrace the Corpses Bleeding" was the final full length release for Judas Iscariot.  This is more aggressive and faster than some of his older material - speed often taking the place of atmosphere this time around.  The vocal work is still highly effective, a low-pitched BM shriek that can be bone-chilling at times.  A couple of the songs are closer to the older, more mid-paced J.I. style, while the others crank up the speed a notch or two, flirting slightly with the fast Black Metal style that was raging at the turn of the century, but this is a lot rawer than what we would often hear in that sometimes over-polished, Abyss Studio-style sound from other bands.  The result is a very busy, often monotonous sound that's not as distinctive nor as interesting as the band's previous output.  It's not bad, but one is bound to lose interest much more quickly than with "Heaven in Flames", for example.  It's almost a relief when the slower songs pop up, breaking the incessant chaos of the faster ones and giving this a little more diversity.  Not Judas Iscariot's best work, but you can still feel some of the hatred, aggressiveness and raw energy that characterize the band's earlier work.  Still better than many Black Metal releases that came out during the same period.

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