|Review: Shaarimoth - Current 11|
Label: Carnal Records
Year released: 2005
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: October 26, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 5/5 (100%) (5 Votes)
I never heard of this band before, but one spin and I was sold. The album title is strange, and some of the song titles are stranger, but the brutal alchemy of this band shines through. Shaarimoth are from Norway, and rather than a Black metal band, they are one of the more inventive Death Metal outfits I have heard in a while. Current 11 is their debut album, and I certainly hope not their last.
As you might guess, Shaarimoth take more than a little influence from mid-period Behemoth and old-style Morbid Angel, but they mix it all up so well it never sounds like a ripoff. You get galloping, chunky Death Metal riffing backed up by solid leadwork and strong vocals that sound like LG Petrov used to crossed with David Vincent's deeper voice. What really sets this apart is neither vocals nor riffs, but the inventive and atypical songwriting that keeps the intensity up while never settling for clichés. There is some mideast influence here, mostly in the atonal scaling of the leads, but also in the incantations and themes of the lyrics. Mostly this is just devastating, pummeling Death Metal with composition that is consistently fresh and exciting. Definitely an overlooked band, and an unjustly overlooked album. Get it.
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