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Review: E - Kherubim

Label: Antiq Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 64:43
Tracks: 12
Genre: Doom/Death


Review online: December 10, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 2.33/5 (46.67%) (9 Votes)

This has a cool cover, and a cool concept, but the execution is laughable. Ê is a French band who seem to have tragically misunderstood what "Doom", "Death" or even "Music" actually mean. This band apparently used to be a 'brutal' Death Metal band, and that is a hard concept to really grasp.

This is pretty much horrible. The atmospheric, Middle Eastern-flavored bits are nice, and some of the riffs are ok, but the production is a travesty, the vocals are awful, and the songwriting is a train wreck. The first few tracks are passable, if badly-produced melodeath-sounding stuff, but then the techno beats kick in on track 3 and you will start to wonder what the hell is supposed to be going on, as this suddenly becomes a Rammstein album. Subsequent songs are not as egregious, but are largely just boring, with the same riffs repeated over and over and the overproduced vocals hacking away monotonously. The guitars have been washed through the effects so many times they sound like a completely synth-generated effect - in other words, they sound terrible. I hunted through this disc, wanting to find anything compelling or of real interest, and I found almost nothing. This album is crap.

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