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Beherit - At the Devil's Studio 1990
Review: Metal alternates between generations that invent an aesthetic vision, and following generations that invent the songwriting techniques and ideals to fulfill that vision; this can be seen in microcosm with this release of classic Beherit songs played in an intermediate style between the chaotic Oath of Black Blood and the more austere Drawing Down the Moon.
Beherit released this long-misplaced recording to demonstrate what the band wanted to release in place of their first album -- an amalgam of demos -- and shows us the aesthetic in growth from Sarcofago/Blasphemy-influenced blasting chaos to a deliberate and austere vision of evil as not disorganization but an order of chillingly clear intent. With At the Devil's Studio 1990, we see both those later songs in the more organic style, and earlier songs as more organized and brooding.
Like the first Beherit release, these songs are played at frenetic speed with maximal noise from guitars and vocals, but with more confident songwriting and greater use of melody and song structure. History would have remembered early Beherit differently had these been the official release, as they are more like the unsettling later material (and comparable with early Immortal, Burzum and Mayhem) while retaining the roaring mayhem of the earliest demos. This short and powerful release memorializes that era.