|Review: Barathrum - Battlecry (Demo)|
Year released: 1992
Review online: April 21, 2007
Reviewed by: Ulysses
Rated 3/5 (60%) (5 Votes)
Barathrum are kind of an oddball Black Metal band to me. I don't exactly know how to classify them, but they have a seemingly strong influence of Doom Metal in their music, which constructs incredible atmosphere (not to mention those possessed vocals)! Definitely one of the best Black Metal releases I've heard in a long time, the only major strike against it is its length, which is sadly below 20 minutes. It's over too fast, but it's a great 18 minutes to spend. This is rather non-cliché Black Metal that isn't severely raped by rapid tremolo madness, but rather do things similar to Faustcoven and later Countess, where there's a stronger focus on mid-tempo black metal with crushing chords and strong Heavy/Doom Metal influence that compliments the music greatly and gives it that extra kick that makes it stand out from the rest of the group.
I'm not exactly familiar with any of Barathrum's releases, which is odd because normally I'm quite big into the Finnish Black Metal scene, such as ARCHGOAT and BEHERIT, for example. There isn't exactly much to say about this release, since its length is rather short. But all the songs are well done; the phrasing is top-notch (not to mention the great guitar tone)! The production isn't necessarily terrible for this demo (this isn't no Brenoritvrezorkre).
My favorite tracks here are definitely "Nocturnal Dance" (catchy riff!), and "Battlecry". This is a hard to find demo, but a worthy gem for your "kvlt kollektion".
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