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Review: Bergraven - Dodsvisioner

Label: Hydra Head Records
Year released: 2007
Duration: 54:48
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: April 30, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)

This is an interesting sort of experimental post-Black Metal album by another one-man band. One the one hand, I like parts of it a lot, but overall it fails to gel, and remains interesting rather than gripping or compelling.

Bergraven employs a rather epic style, especially in the riffs, which range from good to awesome. The tone is good, and the production overall is solid. The vocals are a rather dull growl, but they get the job done. The crunchier, heavier parts of this are broken up by long passages of acoustics and feedback, or slow riffing that gives the music some space. More space than it needs, as it turns out. This guy is obviously trying for a big sound like Forgotten Tomb or The Ruins Of Beverast, but the songwriting doesn't hold up, and the ever present acoustic sound is this twangy 50's sound that is extremely irritating. Overall I'd rate this higher if the arrangements were tighter and the music had more atmosphere, but this still isn't bad, just a little too pretentious for its own good.

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