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Review: Havohej - Kembatinan Premaster
Kembatinan Premaster

Label: Hells Headbangers Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 34:16
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: October 5, 2009
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
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Rated 1.88/5 (37.5%) (16 Votes)

Wow, this is pretty damn horrific. I was a massive fan of Havohej's debut album, and have heard snippets of the EPs since. What the fuck is this all about though? I love the whole Beherit trip, and own multiple albums by the likes of Blasphemy, Conqueror, Revenge etc – but this is just... bad.

The whole album is merely made up of repetitive drum beats and Ledney's recognizable gravel coated howl. Literally, the only thing that could be called ‘regular' are the drums and the vocals. I guess this is all well and good for people wanting a CD full of drumming and screaming from Havohej, but it doesn't do it for me. The guitars and bass (I presume there's guitars anyway, you can't hear them) meld into one messy sound that sounds somewhat like someone opening a furnace door in a wind tunnel for the entire album. You won't hear any notes or riffs of any kind. Just a bass filled 'shhhhhhhhhh' throughout, coated with vocals and backed by drums. Pretty shocking considering the awesome stream of absolute guttural hatred that poured from the debut full-length. Add to the hiss of non-descript guitars a few weird keyboard samples and trippy effects and that's pretty much all you get here. I was so shocked I even fucked around with my stereo's settings to see if I had the bass too high or something... nope, there's merely no music to be found here. At least Blasphemy and Revenge have riffs and decent rhythms you can cling onto; this is more like Abruptum, albeit void of all atmosphere and with regular drumming.

To me, it seems almost like an experiment. "How far can we take it?", "People won't question the unrelenting brutality, and if they do – they're obviously not getting it/aren't kvlt enough". No dude, seriously. I'm all for 'primitive', but there's got to be a point where it goes beyond music into the realms of cavemen wiping their own shit onto cave walls as art whilst eating raw deer.

Think piracy is killing music? I think you'll find Paul Ledney has managed to single handedly deal the death blow with Kembatinan Premaster. What a waste of money.

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