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Review: Mhorgl - Antinomian

Label: Independent
Year released: 2010
Duration: 36:44
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: August 6, 2010
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating


Straight-up, raw Black Metal your thing? Then Australian band Mhorgl has an album for you. Antinomian features seven blistering, hell-fueled tracks (plus a cover of Ozzy Ozbourne's "Mr. Crowley," how fitting) of raspy, screeching vocals, insanely fast double kick drums and harsh guitars. I say "raw," meaning there are no keyboards to be found, but, actually, the sound is quite good, for an independent release.

This is Black Metal by the numbers, which has its pros and cons. On the one hand, it's a pretty safe purchase for fans of the genre. The only deviations you're going to hear are a few melodic, thrashy guitar parts and the occasional Death Metal growl. Otherwise, Antinomian is all high speed misanthropy. On the other hand, the album gets a bit stale, despite clocking in at only 36 minutes plus. The songs start to blend in to one another and there aren't any real standouts. The cover of "Mr. Crowley" is certainly a unique take on that song.

The performances are good, but the songs aren't likely to separate Mhorgl from the pack any time soon. Mhorgl bears watching and, despite lacking much originality, Antinomian is worth a listen.

Other related information on the site
Review: Antinomian (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Interview with Louis Rando (drums) on August 6, 2010 (Interviewed by MetalMike)
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