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Beherit - The Oath of Black Blood
Review: This music hopes to comatize its listeners through sheer hypnotic simple brutality in the style of Blasphemy or early Sarcofago. Ripping speed riffs pull off simple melodies of even intervals to produce a sensation of motion into an abyss of nothingness, and the whole thing rides on grindcore style blast beats and a skein of throat remnants called vocals.
For those who like fast, grinding, and neo-melodic riffs there is nothing but on this album, except when it seems to degenerate entirely to noise. Lead guitar follows the Bathory model of Slayer-inspired bent noise in a precipitant of alternating note patterns. Between songs there are frequently bits of introductory sampled material, and sometimes the songs themselves degenerate entirely into noise, but otherwise this is straight ahead material.
Often sounding like hardcore music or grindcore more than black metal for its simple power chord offset riffing, this release nonetheless distinguishes itself as black metal through its style of half-dysfunctional melody and searing coughed vocals. If you are a black metal essentialist, you will appreciate this quirky and dissonant release.