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Review: Way to End - Desecrated Internal Journey
Way to End
Desecrated Internal Journey

Label: Debemur Morti Productions
Year released: 2009
Duration: 38:13
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: January 26, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4.14/5 (82.86%) (7 Votes)

Debut album for this French black metal outfit. Desecrated Internal Journey is definitely not an album that's going to cheer you up (not that you would really expect that from black metal to begin with.) Twisted, tormented, agonizing, depressing are all adjectives that come to mind while listening to this album. Very much slow-paced for the most part, we get a mix of heaviness and sometimes intricate and complex riffing – sometimes a little "trippy", mixing melodies that in essence should be soothing but with the atmosphere conveyed throughout the album end up being quite nightmarish, bordering on the horror soundtrack of a journey through hell.

Things can get pretty busy at times, and several listens are in order to really absorb the material presented here. A few acoustic breaks here and there calm things down a little bit, but an overflow of melancholy just doesn't give you space to get back up on your feet before things get metallic and torturous once again. Incidentally, the vocals are just as sick as the music, a mix of agonizing whispered rasps, screeches, a little bit of clean and depressing vocals and some chants.

Definitely not something to listen to if you're depressive, Desecrated Internal Journey is quite fitting if you're looking for... well... a mindfucker.

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