|Review: IXXI - Elect Darkness|
Label: Candlelight Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: October 12, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (15 Votes)
This really a rather tedious album that is trying really hard to be edgy and cool. IXXI (9-11, get it? Get it?) Are a supposed Black Metal band, though I don't hear much Black here. This is their third album, and while I confess I have not heard their earlier work, this album makes me willing to skip it. This is an album very much in the vein of newer Darkthrone material, which is already on thin fucking ice with me. This has a warm, bland guitar tone, some rather deathy vocals, and a lot of pretension. It's not terrible, but overall it doesn't settle down into a particular sound, and the riffs are too groovy and simplistic to excite me. I really can't find anything about this music to particularly recommend it, and after four or five songs, it is just boring. Pass.
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