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Review: Setherial - Ekpyrosis

Label: Regain Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 44:39
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: June 20, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 3.82/5 (76.47%) (17 Votes)

Setherial are a band that really don't need an introduction, and if they do, I can say "Swedish Black Metal" and you will know pretty much everything you need to. This band is six albums into a career going back to 1993, and they produce here some highly polished and aggressive, but terribly generic Black Metal. If you need a touchstone, think Marduk, because there is very little here you would not hear on a Marduk album. In fact I'm pretty sure you could tell a Marduk fan this was Marduk and they would have no basis to argue with you. Here we have fast drumming, melodic but still aggressive guitar playing, and raw-throated shrieks. This is not bad, but there is absolutely nothing distinctive or exciting about it, as it sounds so much like other bands that Setherial might as well not really exist. Professional but supremely bland.

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