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Review: Kozeljnik - Deeper The Fall
Deeper The Fall

Label: Paragon Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 41:56
Tracks: 6
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: October 24, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
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Rated 4.67/5 (93.33%) (39 Votes)

An album that is hard to classify, the sophomore effort from Serbian two-man band Kozeljnik is a hell of a listen, and like all good records, it takes a few spins to get what they are offering. Ostensibly, this sort of bouncy Black Metal is termed 'black and roll', though Deeper The Fall is much more than that; there is a weird, spacey feel to many of the riffs, some doom-laden sections, and even a pinch of bardic folk. In all it reminds me of a blackened Slough Feg, with plenty of other bands tugging at their coat tails to push their way through.

What sets this aside, in part, are the vocals. While the music can be caught in the umbrella term of the genre description, these bellows and growls are not inherent in Black Metal. Kozeljnik (the man, not the band) uses a clean, gravelly tone that makes his lyrics decipherable, but also shrouded. At times, when the guitars ratchet up and the drums blast with their typical, perishing attack, this is indisputably Black Metal, but at others, Deeper The Fall is just a darkness in which everything else falls in, sucking it down until the listener is swallowed. During mid-paced opener "The Truth Is Death", the riffs come off like old Opeth, but the drums are slow and simple; whereas on its follow up, "The All Consuming", Kozeljnik pull a riff straight out of Emperor's Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk before thrashing it up Setherial-style. It's a hypnotizing mix, but it is easy to see early on why this is such a promising album; hell, even the production is good.

There are many twists and turns during these six tracks, and it's obvious Kozeljnik have a lot of experience to pull this off. Anyone expecting something in the Vitsaus vein had better look elsewhere; this is intelligent Black Metal of a high degree, and those looking for something interesting and quite remarkable in the extreme metal scene would do well to discover it.

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