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Review: Bloodaxe - In Battle
In Battle

Label: Independent
Year released: 2000
Duration: 14:12
Tracks: 6
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: January 31, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
In Battle

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (6 Votes)

This is a demo recording that preceded the band's first full-length album (Bloodthrone). Unsurpringly, since this is a demo the production is quite minimal even for the genre, but it's still good enough to be listenable. The vocals are mixed a little bit too low - lower than on the full-length where they were giving the desired effect. It's practically impossible to decipher any word and the lyrics are not included. Oh well, I've seen worse in that department so I'll live. ;) The songs are pretty short, and there are a couple of instrumentals (4th and 6th tracks). The 4th one is very short at 40 seconds and sounds a bit folkish. The 6th one closes the album on a bit of a "sorrow" note. Not bad, but they definitely sound like demo material (well duh!) The other songs are more in line with what you can expect from very raw and fast Black Metal, and a good idea of what was to come on "Bloodthrone". It's well executed, although not as effective as the "Bloodthrone" material. Still quite a good listen that shows the band's early work, so this will be mostly of interest to fans.

Overall not a bad demo, of course not as mature as the full-length that followed the next year but the basic elements are all there. Some may find it a bit unpolished and prefer to stick to the full-length album. This demo is sold out anyway, so if you want it you'll have to find someone willing to part with their copy. Hey, it worked for me. ;)

Additional Information

- Limited to 793 copies
- This demo is completely sold out

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