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Review: Netherbird - The Ghost Collector
The Ghost Collector

Label: Pulverised Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 62:35
Tracks: 13
Genre: Black/Death


Review online: November 6, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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Rated 3.86/5 (77.14%) (14 Votes)

Pulverised Records is trying to make a breakthrough this side of the ocean, and they sent us three promos in high quality glossy slipcases. There was a generic furious Black Metal disc from Impiety, plus a not bad Death Metal disc from Those Who Bring the Torture. Then, unexpectedly, this very cool release from a perfectly unknown band, Netherbird.

Don't mind the funny name, because The Ghost Collector is a serious release from a band possessing great musicianship as well as good songwriting skills. At first, the Dani Filth-like screech annoyed me a bit, but many times, a great wicked voice and/or growls take the lead role. One of the nice aspects of this album, besides being varied and entertaining is the diversity in the vocals which includes: narration, choirs, female operatic and so on. The end result is a very nice and melodic Black Metal album with a theatrical and epic touch. A good comparison would be a mixture of vintage Cradle of Filth with Theatre des Vampires. The Ghost Collector has all it takes to charm your musically inclined ears. On this disc you will find great vocals, varied paces and mood, distorted guitars, symphonic keyboards, piano, acoustic guitars, bells, drama, catchy parts, crushing riffs, rain, wind and thunder samplings etc...There are no such thing as a bad track on this release. Some of the best compositions to be heard include "Lighthouse Eternal (Laterna Magika)", "Forever Mournful" and the long lasting (14 min.) pleasure named "Boulevard Black".

Perhaps more mainstream than the usual darkness I feed my ears, still The Ghost Collector is much more metal than some other genres being considered as such.

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