|Review: Slecht - Triumph of Death|
|Triumph of Death|
Year released: 2007
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: September 27, 2008
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
for:Triumph of Death
Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (2 Votes)
Apart from a couple of websites with pretty much no information bar contact details on Slecht, I certainly had my work cut out for me when it came to giving a little history about them (hell, they're too kvlt for Myspace even). So, from what little information I could gather about this grim frost-bitten Belgian four-piece, it seems Triumph of Death is their debut foray into the world of low-fi, acerbic Black Metal, and to me, there's plenty of room for improvement
Starting as they mean to go on from the opening seconds, the dustbin drums clatter behind a hissing scree of trebly guitars and Vikernes-like vocal howls. The music on offer is generally a slow burning flame, which though the guitar work occasionally speeds into Panzer Division Marduk-like territory, the overall feel to the music is far from that - mainly due to the drum work which keeps a dirty Fenriz-like mid-tempo D-beat feel to even the very fastest of tremolo picked riffage. The problem with this demo is that, even with multiple listens, the band fail to take on any kind of identity, or spark any sort of interest. Pretty much all the components that make up their music has been heard elsewhere before, and done a lot better. If you're going to form a band in the old school Darkthone-like vein these days, you'd better have something going for you, unless you want to be left by the wayside. Unfortunately, to me this actually borders on becoming boring at times.
There are so many Black Metal bands churning out of bedrooms and rehearsal rooms alike, that it gets to a point where a certain musical 'food chain' should come into play. Unfortunately for Slecht, it seems to me that their antelope-like Black Metal will soon have the vice-like grip of an inspirational new musical lion's jaws clamped firmly to their collective jugular, unless they can miraculously morph into something higher up the trophic network with future releases.
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