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Review: Ruins of Faith - To the Shrines of Ancestors
Ruins of Faith
To the Shrines of Ancestors

Label: Haarbn Productions
Year released: 2007
Duration: 33:43
Tracks: 9
Genre: Pagan Metal


Review online: January 16, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)

I don't know much about this band and their site was not too informative either. All I can say is that this trio comes from Tbilisi, Georgia and they are signed to Russian label Haarbn Productions.

This short album (33 minutes) contains nine tracks of generic Pagan Black Metal. Vasil Dioashvili handles guitars and vocals which alternate between rasps and growls. Second guitarist Vakhtang also takes care of bass and keyboard duties. The keyboards are very present on "The Shrines of Ancestors", adding either an ambient or epic feel to the compositions. Then we have drummer Nikoloz Rukhadze, who looks out of place and anything but a Black Metal musician! This guy can pound and blast beat though and that's basically what he does throughout this release. This is one thing I can complain about this album: too many fast parts. Most of the album is of the fast/double basses triggered Black Metal style. At least, a couple tracks begin on more moderate pace like on "The Everquest", "Ruins of Faith" and on of my favorite song "Solar Eclypse." There are two very good instrumentals, "To the Shrines of Ancestors", Part 1 and 2. Part 1 is a real nice epic composition with dark keyboards and pounding percussions. Part 2 is much different since it is an acoustic number with wind and thunder samplings on keyboard background.

Not bad, not great either but an OK Pagan Black Metal release.

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