|Review: Trunar - Christs Not Christians|
|Christs Not Christians|
Label: Dead Center Productions
Year released: 2009
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: May 19, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Christs Not Christians
Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)
Some decent Black Metal from Belarus here. My understanding is that this was originally released as a demo. I don't know if the recording was reworked in any way for the official CD release, but this sounds pretty good overall – good sound and production, without sacrificing the mandatory rawness. The vocals are barely intelligible BM rasps that blend in so well with the music that they almost sound just like another instrument.
The music itself is nothing out of the ordinary in the realm of Black Metal: Mid to fast-paced, raw, kind of "sloppy" (for lack of a better word) but there's order within the chaos. No hyperspeed blast beat abuse here, however. Melodic passages can be found throughout the album, though nothing of the symphonic-or-whatever variety – this remains pretty raw and dark through and through. The atmosphere is off and on, mostly heavy and sorrowful when it kicks in, while there are passages where it takes a hike and leaves room for some surprising Thrash-like shredding.
Things tend to get repetitive on some tracks such as "Possession" which nonetheless has kind of an addictive side effect to its monotony. The last track, also the longest at 12:19 (the next longest one is 5:55) is an extremely repetitive ambient track that gets boring in less than a minute. Quite frankly they could have left this one out as it really sticks out like a sore thumb – nothing else on the album sounds like this – and it's just calling for the skip button. This is not the most exciting BM release you'll find, but despite some boring parts, there's enough to like here.
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