|Review: The Horn - Volume Ten|
Label: Shaytan Productions
Year released: 2012
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: March 17, 2012
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 2.33/5 (46.67%) (3 Votes)
This is, oddly, actually the twelfth album from The Horn - a one-man project with a really confusing scheme for numbering his releases. I've heard this guy's work before, on the compilation Dawning of an Ancient Sun from 2007, which was actually his tenth overall release.
I find The Horn interesting but not really compelling. This is taking the Egyptian Myth worship of Nile to a completely ridiculous extreme, producing music that is intellectual rather than visceral. The riffs here are pretty standard, even with a bit of mideast flourish to them. The vocals are an almost unbearably papery rasp, and the drums are programmed.
This kind of stuff can be done well - I mean just look at label-mates Al-Namrood - but this is an atmospheric album with no atmosphere. There are no catchy riffs or any good songs, just a lot of clangy noise that ultimately goes nowhere. Gimmicky and thin.
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