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Review: Dark Celebration - Phlegeton: The Transcendence of Demon Lords
Dark Celebration
Phlegeton: The Transcendence of Demon Lords

Label: Paragon Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 29:33
Tracks: 7
Genre: Death/Black

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: November 30, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Phlegeton: The Transcendence of Demon Lords

Rated 2.25/5 (45%) (4 Votes)

This is the third album from this Brazilian band, whom I had never heard of until now. They describe themselves as Black metal, and maybe their older releases were, but this is much more Death to me. The drums are produced like Death Metal drums, and played like them as well. The riffs are chunky without a lot of tremolo picking, though I don't believe they are downtuned. Anyway, whatever you want to call this, it is some pretty badass chaotic blasting with a lot of demonic lyrics. I like the songwriting on this, but the vocals are a bit iffy. Part of the time we get pretty standard screeches and deathgrowls, but about half the time the vocalist kind of gargle/sings, like he was singing actual notes but his throat is all gravelly or something. If you think I mean rough but tuneful vocals, I don't. It's a sort of Thrash/Core approach to vocals, and it kind of sucks, because I keep ignoring the music and saying to myself "What the fuck is he trying to do?" It's a shame, because the Suffocation/Morbid Angel style riffage is pretty killer, and some of the lead work is tasty, but the vocals are a major drawback. This is decent but flawed.

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