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Review: Adversarial - All Idols Fall Before the Hammer
All Idols Fall Before the Hammer

Label: Dark Descent Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 36:52
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: October 10, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
All Idols Fall Before the Hammer

Rated 4.6/5 (92%) (10 Votes)

Adversarial present here some raw, lo-fi, almost-minimalistic and atmospheric Black Metal from Toronto, Canada. There is something seriously wrong with this album: The drums. They are mostly repetitive, tin can-sounding and often drown everything else and completely ruin the experience. Thankfully it's not like that throughout the whole album, but often enough to ruin just about every song here. I don't know what they were thinking...

Drums apart (though there are some really good drum parts), this is pretty good overall. Adversarial have the very dark, suspense/horror-like, almost mystical atmosphere rather well mastered on this album, and the rawness just adds more to that. The vocals are equally threatening, often an almost-whispered rasp that is barely audible at times, just adding more chills to the ensemble. Slow, atmospheric passages share the stage with chaotic, fast blasting Black Metal on All Idols Fall Before the Hammer, and things never get boring. Still, the album is seriously hurt by those repetitive tin-can drums that pop up all the time. Inexcusable. Hoping for this to be fixed in the next release...

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