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Drawing Down The Moon - Beherit

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Beherit / Import / Audio CD released at Spinefarm

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      15.02.2008 00:34
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      Beherit's second album (1993).

      Another reputed classic of early black metal, Beherit's second album (or more appropriately, their first full-length release) is a huge improvement of the careless and often terrible quality of its predecessor. The songs are fuzzy, badly produced and repetitive as Hell, but some of the riffs and dark ambient keyboard melodies are enjoyable and surprisingly memorable enough to make this comparable to the other black metal bands of the early nineties, occasionally sounding much like a less intense, less catchy, less eerie and less good Burzum.

      The atmosphere of this recording is dark, stinking and vile in the way only first-wave black metal ever really achieved, and the sound of the guitars and drums particularly are more rooted in the classic metal tradition than the treble-heavy discordance of more stereotypical bands of the genre, which makes it that slight bit more accessible for casual listeners. If it weren't for the cheap and fuzzy sound quality and the vomit-inducing guttural croaks of Nuclear Holocausto of Bloody Vengeance, my personal favourite of all the stupid black metal pseudonyms. Nuke's vocals are one of the features that keep Beherit distinctive and are very effective even if failing to accounting for taste, alternating between a standard growl, whisper, chanting and even clean singing of sorts in 'The Gate of Nanna,' a song about the hero of the evil gods rather than a tale about visiting his granny, which would have been fun.

      Oddly, it's the ambient intro and interludes 'Nuclear Girl' and 'Summerlands' that end up sounding the most musically accomplished, especially the latter with its tribal wood instruments that may be synthesised or genuine, but either way sound appropriately spooky in the mix. Some songs stand out merely for being a little slower or evolving into a steady, plodding rhythm as is the case for the Venomesque 'Sadomatic Rites' and 'Thou Angel of the Gods,' while the rest vary between faster and slower guitar- and drum-led sections with ol' Nuke occasionally spewing forth his Satanic lyrics. It's all good stuff if you're into that sort of thing, which I predict no one reading this will be, but it's nothing particularly special and doesn't deserve the plaudits it's received from the black metal community when compared to the Norwegian scene evolving at the time.

      1. Intro (Tireheb)
      2. Salomon's Gate
      3. Nocturnal Evil
      4. Sadomatic Rites
      5. Black Arts
      6. The Gate of Nanna
      7. Nuclear Girl
      8. Unholy Pagan Fire
      9. Down There...
      10. Summerlands
      11. Werewolf, Semen and Blood
      12. Thou Angel of the Gods
      13. Lord of Shadows and Golden Wood


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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Introl (Tireheb)
      2 Salomon's Gate
      3 Nocturnal Evil
      4 Sadomatic Rites
      5 Black Arts
      6 Gate of Nanna
      7 Nuclear Girl
      8 Unholy Pagan Fire
      9 Down There...
      10 Summerlands
      11 Werewolf Semen and Blood
      12 Thou Angel of the Gods
      13 Lord of Shadows and Goldenwood

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