To start things off, although my favorite super-genre of music is rock, I don’t listen to metal. It’s not that I dislike it I just don’t go out of my way to listen to it. For this review, and all of my reviews in the future, I will be writing whatever I’m feeling while listening. It might be dumb or misinformed, but it is my experience. Oh, it will also be incoherent because I want this blog to show every thought that comes to my mind while listening.
I have never heard of this band although they have been around since 1992. I have absolutely no expectations so here we go.
- The Widow’s Breed- I found out that this was the single form this album that was released in October. It’s a very fast stereotypical metal beat. Electric guitar is the star with drums providing backup. Rhythm change brings a bit of confused feeling as the new rhythm seems shaky. The lyrics are about a serial killer who uses remains for witchcraft. The lyrics aren’t anything new and appear to be a bit random at points. They don’t tell a consistent story and don’t provide anything to think about
- Nocturnal Commando- Almost sounds the same as last. Electric guitar in the first 1:30 broke up the monotony of the instrumentals. Night slaughter imagery is prevalent. About taking revenge in the night. Nothing exciting or unexpected. It’s very difficult to understand, which is expected. Wish there were lyrics so I could follow along.
- Charnal confession- finally, something that isn’t the exact same as before. Lots of religious imagery. Guitar and drums are fighting with each other. About confessing sins. Another electric guitar spotlight. Someone who sees themselves as a god of revolution.
- Slaves of Southern Cross- No time to settle into the instrumentals immediate vocals. Layering of the vocals gives a demonic sound, but I feel like it could be amplified to be more effective. About being a slave to the devil. Everything is sounding the same. If this is different than the first two songs then I’m not picking it up.
- Warhounds of Hades- Much slower beginning. The drums are given the most attention and allow for a build up of suspense. Disappointing that when the lyrics begin it sounds the same as others. Roars in the background add to the intended atmosphere. If there were more then the idea of being in the underworld would have worked better. Rhythm change brings a new, more powerful feel to the song. This band sounds better when they aren’t so focused on being fast and hard but rather powerful and slow. Sadly, it reverts back to old habits.
- Black Banners in Flames- interesting beginning with guitar being main focus, yet it sounds the same. The pause set expectations for something new. Have to focus hard to hear lyrics from this group. Religious themes. New voice other than the lead singer allow for a slightly different sound.
- Shadow Realm of the Demonic Mind- Sounds like a soft ballad at beginning, electric kicks in with the soft piano in the background. Gives a nice new sound. Makes me hopeful of where this goes… and it reverts back to the same. So much hope through many of these songs yet I get let down.
- Palace of Sin- Once again- same fast electric guitar. I wonder if this was on purpose or if they just didn’t try very hard. With everything sounding the same I want to focus on lyrics, but I just can’t understand very much. This proves that I really don’t listen to metal. Near the end it started to slow but picked up again almost right away which, once again, left me disappointed. It’s not that I don’t like fast I just want something new. It’s about being a servant to the devil. At least their themes are consistent.
- Priest Hunt- Something new! Hopefully, sounds like a demonic yet angelic choir. Please don’t disappoint me. Jumps in to metal sound, luckily it is a bit different. While the general rhythm is similar the guitar is slower. The vocals are echoed by a few different voices and it adds a bit of the choir theme back into the song which makes sense due to the content. It’s about demons hunting priests which is pretty obvious by the title.
- Azazel’s Crown- Basic. About a fallen angel who earns his crown in hell. Electric riff in the middle was cool, but it didn’t add anything to the song because we heard them try to use the same tactic before. The longer guitar section was a good divider between the two portions of the song because the second half vocals were slightly slower.
- Dark Coronation/ Outro- seems to pick up from where the last song left off. For an outro song I was expecting something with a bit more impact. There is a mystical kind of spacey guitar portion in the middle. The last 1:20 brings back the horror space galaxy theme with the guitar totally gone with a toned down droning. Feels ethereal but also like something bad is about to happen. Interesting ending but it feels random. It might be a stretch but with the religious themes of the album the spacey theme might be a counter to heaven and hell.
Final thoughts: Meh, although I do not listen to this genre fairly often, I feel like I have heard this exact sound so many times before. I want something new, something that could possibly make me want to listen to metal more. This album, although there were some interesting themes, felt lazy. With just about every song sounding the same, it didn’t allow me to get invested in the journey that they could have possibly taken me on. If I had to give it a grade it would be a