|Review: Waxen - Agios Holokauston|
Label: Moribund Records
Year released: 2014
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: July 22, 2014
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 2.6/5 (52%) (5 Votes)
This is some blasting, razor-sharp raw Black Metal that doesn't slow down much, except for the occasional short melodic passages. It's a bit too "raw" at times, and I can't help but think it's overdone (underdone?) on purpose. Basically, some of it doesn't feel "real." That's too bad because when the artifices aren't in the equation, we get treated to some pretty good raw Black Metal. But I can actually live with that stuff. What throws this down into the garbage chute is the very annoying vocals. They would be fine if they weren't altered - presumably to give them a more "shrieky" style, but the alteration is just too obvious and couldn't sound more fake - this hurts the ears, in a bad way. The last time I was this annoyed at Black Metal vocals was on Abigor's Satanized, and even that wasn't that bad. Agios Holokauston is, at heart, a good album, but I guess somebody just had to fuck around with the gadgets too much. This would actually benefit from a re-release with those effects removed.
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