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Review: Misteltein - Divine Desecrate Complete
Divine Desecrate Complete

Label: WWIII Music
Year released: 2002
Duration: 47:58
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: April 18, 2003
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
Divine Desecrate Complete

Rated 4/5 (80%) (6 Votes)

I have to admit the first time I heard this album my first reaction was not very positive since the Dimmu Borgir influence is so obvious I just kind of wrote this band off as a clone with no real originality. I ended up giving this a few more listens before writing the review so I wouldn’t just trash something through a first impression.

Man, am I glad I went that route since the more you listen to this album the more it starts to work its way into your head. Although the Dimmu influence is still undeniably there (hell the title of the album alone is very reminiscent of what Dimmu does…heh) this isn’t actually that bad a thing. "Puritanical" is still one of my favorite albums and this album from Misteltein seems to start where that one left off. Considering how much I liked and still like that album why wouldn’t I like something more in that vein? The more you listen to the album however the more subtle differences you start to notice. The tempo is more varied than Dimmu since in each given song you might have 20 or 30 tempo changes. That fact in and of itself is quite impressive since the songs never seem to lose continuity and they all flow extremely well. The use of melody is more pronounced on this album than it is on PEM as well and the way in which it is done gives it a very dark, evil and foreboding overall feel. I hate to do a side by side comparison of bands since I am sure the band hates that as well but the similarities are just so obvious you can’t help it. I can say however that with the quality on display on this album it will be a short road to the upper reaches of the black/death metal genre. This album is simply that good.

Overall I would say any fans of Dimmu Borgir, Dark Funeral or even Emperor will certainly find this album of some serious interest. I could easily see this album being in some top ten lists if the promotion for them is there. HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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