|Review: Bloodthorn - Onwards Into Battle|
|Onwards Into Battle|
Label: Season of Mist
Year released: 1999
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: March 10, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Onwards Into Battle
Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (8 Votes)
I got this album some 4 years ago, and I don't think I've ever played it more than once. It caught my eye while I was looking for something else, and I remembered this had been a neglected purchase, so I put it in the player. Well, it should have been left on the shelf, gathering dust. Take all the trendy crap of the "commercial Black Metal" scene (eg. Cradle of Filth (not BM, but you get the idea), Dimmu, and countless others), and put it all in one album. Scary? Damn right, and not in the good sense of the term. Shitty, omnipresent keyboards in the background that invariably suck the metal out of the songs (there are ways to use keyboards properly, but it totally evaded this band), female clean vocals that creep in here and there (again, there are ways to do this properly, but that also evaded them), shitty tak-a-tak drum sound, you name it. The lead vocals are actually OK - nothing extraordinary, but well within the norm for the genre. There are very few good passages here and there, but they are diluted by the overall junkyard that this album is. They put so much trends together that the album ends up having no direction, no head, nr tail. This goes nowhere. I've already wasted too much time talking about this atrocity. I don't know if the rest of their discography sucks as much as this, but for their own sake, I sure as hell hope not.
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