|Review: Drephjard - Maktdominans|
Label: Frostscald Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: June 15, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.25/5 (65%) (4 Votes)
This Norwegian Black Metal band formed back in 2003 and this is their second EP, with no full-length out yet. As far as Black Metal goes, this is pretty standard and quite listenable. A quiet little intro with war sounds (bombs and machine gun fire), thunder, chants and even some kind of alarm, then it's a non-stop onslaught of no-frills raw Black Metal. Nothing pretty here, this is pretty fast paced, old school (early to mid-90s) stuff with a vocalist that literally barks some raspy screeches.
Be it guitars or drums, this is pretty raw and a little messy (in a good way). I like the guitar sound that just rips through the speakers, but the drums sound a bit "can-like" and become a distraction more than an asset at times. Too bad because that drummer keeps a pretty catchy beat all the way through. Same goes for the guitar – I've got some of that riffage stuck in my head since the first time I heard the album. So yeah, this is raw but there's some grinding melody in that rawness that gives Maktdominans some plus value. It's not the most original thing out there, it won't charm the masses (nor should it), but it's a cool dose of raw BM and sometimes that's all you need.
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