MetalBite Review by Maciek on 3/17/2013
This is quite interesting album which has many different styles in it. And it applies to instruments as well as the very wide spectrum of sounds coming from different throats used to record this material. This album is a real good mixture of Death, Black and Doom Metal with a little eastern influences.
You can hear a little Bathory
, maybe early Emperor
, mid-to fast-paced tempos with Black Metal chords and many different vocals - sick, haunted howling, shrieking, spoken, whispered, screams, sometimes all of them at once. Some tracks sound as if they came from Emperor
", great guitars and haunting atmosphere. Some other riffs and passages remind My Dying Bride
, hypnotic riffs played few times, you listen to it and you're in a trance. Some of them start with slow tempo, building up the atmosphere before the the cacophony of vocals starts again and you hear the frantic wall of bass drums, executed perfectly as in any other track on this album. You can also hear Kreator
's "Black Sunrise
" a little.
Stones Are Eternal' and 'Misanthropy' - guest vocals done by Androniki Skoula, known for guest vocals on albums by Rotting Christ
or recent brilliant album by Hate
. Some other tracks remind me a little of Darkthrone
's attempts to sound punk-ish and dirty. But this attempt is much better. 'Only the Dead...' is my favourite track with the eastern elements, really good atmosphere.
The only disappointment to me is the last track. It reminds me of Behemoth
's 'Lucifer' too much and again this is not my favourite Behemoth
's track. But if you like 'Lucifer' you should like 'Misanthropy' (the title track). Overall very good album, something different, with many ideas and very hard to put in any specific genre. And that's what I like the most in metal.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating:9.2 out of 10