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Review: Naer Mataron - River at Dash Scalding
Naer Mataron
River at Dash Scalding

Label: Black Lotus Records
Year released: 2003
Duration: 54:59
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: July 20, 2003
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
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Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)

Not being a huge fan of black metal I am not up to date on all the trOO or cvlt releases that abound so I was not really surprised that I had not heard of this band. Apparently according to the included bio they have gathered at the very least a little bit of notoriety selling out most of their previous releases. They hail from Greece and play a very brutal form of death metal very similar to Darkthrone or Satyricon.

For the most part of this album it is extremely fast with blast beats being the order of the day but every once in a while they do have a tendency to veer of into a more melodic direction and this is by far the most enjoyable aspect of the band for me. The recurring blast beats just seem to make the songs blend together and really give you a feeling of listening to the same song continuously. On the other hand when they do slow down a bit they do it extremely well and it really gives me a sense and feeling of the newer Immortal material which I find absolutely awesome. I really think they would be better served following this road and not simply because I like that better but rather because they are actually pretty damn good at it. The nondescript blasting adds very little to the overall experience and just makes them sound like a ton of other bands. In a genre where it is a little difficult to get recognized this isn’t exactly how you want to make your presence felt.

Overall this album just left me thinking more on the potential of the band rather than the disc itself which is never a good thing. I am sure there are a few hardcore black metal fans that will absolutely love every minute of this album but for the casual black metal fan this is really nothing of interest. It shows flashes of something that could be simply awesome but the problem is they are only flashes at this point…hopefully the next album incorporates more of these flashes.

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