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Review: Sorhin - Döden MCMXCVIII

Label: Near Dark
Year released: 1998
Duration: 11:53
Tracks: 3
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: January 6, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)

I bought this CD several years ago and at the time thought I was buying a full-length album - so that ended up being costly on a per-song basis. :)  "Döden MCMXCVIII" (which translates to "Death 1998") is a (very) short collection of heavy and fast Black Metal songs that share a common dark and cold atmosphere, thanks in large part to some great bone-chilling and haunting vocals that seem to hover over the music - great effect there.  The musical style is essentially mid-90s Scandinavian Black Metal, no surprises here.  It's mostly fast-paced, but not overly so - this is not the kind of superfast blast beat extravaganza that stormed the scene in the late 90s.  This is close to mid-paced enough to let the listener enjoy some very cool guitar work, some of which is pretty close to some late 80s galloping Thrash riffage.  A tasteful use of keyboards, popping up only when necessary, adds a little hint of melody in the middle of the most chaotic passages.  This may be a short release, but there isn't a weak moment to be found here - every single second is an enjoyable slab of raw Swedish Black Metal.  This CD is limited to 1998 copies, so now 10 years later you may have to hunt it down through more underground channels.

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