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Review: Throcult - Hunted

Label: Independent
Year released: 2002
Duration: 13:56
Tracks: 3
Genre: Black/Death

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: August 23, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)

Throcult hail from Colorado and play a brand of Black Metal that seems to take most of its influence from the Scandinavian scene, namely the likes of Dimmu Borgir and Dark Funeral. Keyboards are quite present at the very beginning of the first song but become more discreet afterwards where the guitars and drums clearly take over the sound - so the initial panic-attack over the fear of overdone keyboards goes away pretty quickly. :) There isn't much out of the ordinary here, except a few slower riffs that seem to take their influence from Death Metal, the end result, a slight mix of Black and Death making for some variety despite the short length of this demo. The vocals are at times the trademark Black Metal screeches, while at other times they come very close to the melodic death variety.

I'm not sure if Throcult can really distinguish themselves in the genre with this material, as the scene is quite loaded already, but who knows, their type sound is "popular" enough (relatively speaking) that they may actually get a deal with it. Otherwise, they'll have to develop something more original. This should be taken as neutral criticism. The band plays very well and fans of this sound will most likely enjoy Throcult's material. Those looking for some new sound will have to look elsewhere, however.

Additional Information

- 3 song promo from the album "The Flower Of Flesh And Blood"

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