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Review: Istapp - Blekinge

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 37:57
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: July 30, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3.78/5 (75.56%) (9 Votes)

Some different Black Metal out of Sweden here, mixing blasting Black Metal with hints of melodic Death Metal, resulting in music that is slightly upbeat, when not... "festive" on the surface, but darker in depth. Mostly fast-paced but with the occasional slower, atmospheric passages, where Blekinge surprises is when it turns into a more Pagan/Folk style, which kind of clashes with the otherwise predominant fast and precise Black Metal fest that this is. The band actually pulls this off pretty well, as they navigate between genres seamlessly, for a near perfect blend. There are some folk-ish clean vocals here and there that for me are the low point because unlike the alternating genres, these really sound out of place and would be more suited for a full-on Folk release. Not too much of that, thankfully, most of the singing behind of the BM rasp/screech variety. This one gets better with every listen, so give it time to sink in.

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