|Review: Outre - Ghost Chants|
Label: Old Temple
Year released: 2015
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: August 24, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 3.88/5 (77.5%) (8 Votes)
It is not just Norway, Sweden or Finland ruling the murky hill of Black Metal like back in the early nineties. Many other countries are charging ruthlessly to the top these days, with Poland being a good example.
Outre is a relatively new Black Metal comet in the vast extreme Metal night sky but they surely are one of the most promising dark objects to cast a shadow over the life-giving sun. Outre's 7-song debut album, Ghost Chants, is a tour de force that showcases these lads' skills at creating powerful and striking Black Metal compositions that also get some of their power from the heaviness of Death Metal. Outre seem to be at home with an avant-garde, innovative and experimental approach on this record and that brings later era Emperor to mind here and there, as well as The True Mayhem's more experimental moments. The defunct Norwegian avant-garde Black Metal act named Ved Buens Ende may also cross your mind if you are familiar with their stuff, especially their 1995 album Written in Waters. There's a lot of diversity on this album and the songs are very unpredictable and will certainly demand some time to get into them completely. There's nothing easy in Ghost Chants so be patient with it before you give in to any negative thoughts. The album has lots to offer especially to the demanding consumer of extreme music.
To sum up, if the avant-garde and experimental side of Black Metal is something that you appreciate then by all means sink your rotten teeth into this.
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