|Review: Mephorash - Death Awakens|
Label: Grom Records
Year released: 2011
Review online: March 10, 2012
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
This band is billed as Death/Black, but I don't hear a lot of Death in it. Mephorash make the rookie mistake of starting their album with a three-minute ambient intro that will bore the everliving fuck out of you, but then they get down to the meat. This is very riff-oriented and stripped-down BM that recalls the early works of Gorgoroth or Marduk with its low-fi aesthetic and sometimes frenetic speed. The music is solid, what there is of it, because at the end of the disc Mephorash choose to bore you even more with another atmospheric/acoustic track, only this one goes on for almost seven freaking minutes. So on a 33-minute album we have about 23 minutes of real music and ten full minutes of bullshit to pad it out. When this band just plays they sound pretty good, but this disc is kind of thin on that.
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