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Engram - Beherit

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal / Artist: Beherit / Audio CD released 2009-04-13 at Spinefarm Records

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      30.04.2010 00:28
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      Great atavistic and raw minimalist BM

      Back in the early 90s, Finnish black metal band Beherit released a string of albums and demos in the "beastial" BM style before relasing several black/ambient synth based albums to a mixed response then going on an extended hiatus of nerly 15 years, before returning in 2009 with the rather excellent 'Engram'.

      Engram is an album that does its level best to recapture the atmosphere of the erly 90s Scandinavian BM scene, and is primitive in the extreme, both in terms of production and songwriting. The album has a coarse, raw production to it, largely consisting of fast-paced and repetitive fuzzy riffs roughly overlaid by mid-ranged, rasping vocals with regular Hailings of Satan thrown in. Indeed, the song 'Destroyer of Worlds' has just one simple, up-tempo, punkish riff played over and over with mesmeric monotony, and genearlly speaking the album makes early darkthrone sound positively technical, such is its barbaric simplicity.

      Elsewhere there are slower, (yet equally repetitive) tracks with eerie snythesized bagpipes and relentless mid-paced grooves that thunder on and on, and the album is incredibly successful at achieving waht it sets out to do, straddling the line between po-faced seriousness and parody in true Darkthrone tradition. Its definitely an acuired taste and wont appeal to everyone, even all black metal fans, but if raw and barbarically basic black metal in the early vein is your thing then Engram is definitely worth checking out.

      An endearingly coarse and simplistic, not to mention hugely atmopsheric album that comes highly recommended to fans of Darkthrone, Bewitched, Sarcofago and Mayhem.

      1. Axiom Heroine 04:41
      2. Destroyer of Thousand Worlds 03:05
      3. All in Satan 03:33
      4. Pagan Moon 07:16
      5. Pimeyden Henki 04:45
      6. Suck My Blood 04:27
      7. Demon Advance 15:17
      Total playing time 43:02

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Axiom Heroine
    2 Destroyer Of Thousand Worlds
    3 All In Satan
    4 Pagan Moon
    5 Pimeyden Henki
    6 Suck My Blood
    7 Demon Advance