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Instinct Gate

Norway Country of Origin: Norway

Instinct Gate
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Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Black, Industrial
1. Children Of Man
2. The Empire Of The Pleasures Of Flesh
3. My Wrathful Eyes
4. Prophecy Horizon
5. Mind Raper
6. The Key To The Instinct Gate
7. For What The Flesh Holds
8. Domination Complete

Review by Tobias on December 27, 2001.

Tidfall is an interesting black metal band; it’s a Norwegian blend of old school black with a new-day atmosphere that swirls around chaos injections.

By all means, black metal fans should make it their business to check this band out because of the effect of the solid and dependable drumming that grows a backbone for the unusual and teasingly experimental flesh that is formed by the guitars and keys.

The nice thing about the vocals is that while classically black, they have a definite deathly electricity surging through them that lick the listener with a bit of death growls and the very rare clean spoken word.

While it seems that many deliver high praise to songs like Children of Man and The Empire, I feel that the album really starts to show its strength about half way through when Prophecy starts kicking up the grime.

Although the music can be considered a somewhat unique on the Black Metal circuit, the massive amount of cross-breeding in metal genres these days doesn’t really allow for it to score too high on the originality scale.

Bottom Line: A solid release for the Black Metal fan that can put his shoes on in a random order every day.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 7
Atmosphere: 8
Production: 7
Originality: 6
Overall: 6

Rating: 6.8 of 10