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Review: Disguise - Human Primordial Instinct
Human Primordial Instinct

Label: Independent
Year released: 2003
Duration: 45:11
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: January 21, 2004
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Human Primordial Instinct

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Italy is best known as a hotbed of power/symphonic metal bands, so it's always a bit surprising to see something else come out of there, even though the extreme metal scene over there has some good acts - they're just less visible. Disguise propose some fast, blastbeat-aplenty Black Metal that lyrically focuses on the current state of humanity in a kind of rebellious - if not disgusted tone, rather than on the usual Satanic theme. Of course, the booklet comes in handy to realise that, since in the tradition of Black Metal, the vocals are barely decipherable. These are a mix of of Marduk and "new" Dimmu Borgir (for the cleaner parts.) There's quite a bit of keyboards that are a bit overwhelming at times, but they're still tolerable (I guess I can draw some Dimmu comparison here and there when it comes to the keyboards, but this and a few vocal parts are where the Dimmu comparisons end - also throw in a bit of a NeChrist-era Nokturnal Mortum keyboard-wise.) Other than that, this is slightly above-average Black Metal, fast and raw, aggressive and with a mix of depressing and angry atmosphere. There's quite a bit going on here musically, the guitars are quite interesting when you focus on them exclusively - a few listens are warranted to really appreciate what's at work here. Fans of Marduk, Setherial, Darkthrone, Dimmu and Nokturnal Mortum should find something they like in here. This is not the most innovative release out there, but they use their influences well to do their own thing. And don't settle just for the music, as this band has done some good lyrical work as well. Recommended.

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