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Review: Thrall - Away From the Haunts of Men
Away From the Haunts of Men

Label: Moribund Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 61:02
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: October 23, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 2.6/5 (52%) (10 Votes)

This is the kind of hell-blasting blasphemy that I expect from Australian bands, and this time I got it. Thrall are a gleeful slice of low-fi, nun-raping Black Metal from down under, and this is their debut album. The guitar tone is a jangling, spitting churn of evil, the vocals are a Bestial Warlust rasp of hate, and the songs are long, pummeling workouts in Second-Wave orthodoxy. Sometimes Thrall go a bit overboard on the drawn-out arrangements, and I don't think most of these songs needed to be as long as they are, but they don't feel as long as they really are either. Aggressive, screaming BM with just a hint of artful pretension to lift it above the ordinary and make it stand out. Promising.

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