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Review: Meressin - The Baphomet's Call
The Baphomet's Call

Label: Inferna Profundus Records
Year released: 2007
Originally released in: 1996
Duration: 50:12
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy/Thrash

Rating: 4/5

Review online: June 21, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The Baphomet's Call

Rated 2/5 (40%) (2 Votes)

Lithuania's Meressin has a sound that's difficult to nail down - not thrashy enough to be Thrash, but too Thrashy to be just plain Heavy Metal.  Add the occasional rock 'n' roll vibe, and you get quite an interesting mix.  There's a tasteful use of keyboards that provide a somewhat dark atmosphere in the background, never trying to bury the other instruments.  The vocals are a little "chaotic", sounding a little messy but fitting the music remarkably well nonetheless - although in a few spots the singers gets overly melodic and personally I find it clashes a little with the overall feel of the album, never mind the fact that these melodic vocal parts happen to be some of the catchiest stuff on display here.  The music is quite varied, ranging from very melodic to rock 'n' roll-ish Heavy Metal, to pouding heavy Thrash and then kicking it up a few notches for a dose of fast Thrash.  In the middle of all this, they throw in a few humourous-sounding keyboard parts - the only times that the keyboards take over for a very short period.  Meressin throw in everything but the kitchen sink and somehow manage to make it work.  I tried finding parallels to other bands I've heard, but couldn't come up with anything.  Interesting release.

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