|Review: Drowning the Light - Catacombs Of Blood|
|Catacombs Of Blood|
Label: Dark Adversary Productions
Year released: 2010
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: February 20, 2011
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:Catacombs Of Blood
Rated 3.44/5 (68.89%) (9 Votes)
Azgorh is a busy man indeed. With Drowning the Light, an outfit that has enjoyed a certain underground status, he has produced eleven full-lengths by my count, Catacombs Of Blood being the most recent (he often brings out three or four a year), and numerous splits and EPs that make his discography enormous. But like a certain male appendage, it's not size that matters, but rather what you do with it, and I can see, listening to this, why he can bash ‘em out so quick.
From the artwork and name, you can pretty much figure this one out for yourselves. Drowning the Light work in the genre of depressive Black Metal, much like Xasthur and Leviathan, with a few old school sensibilities thrown in there, in the vein of Burzum and Darkthrone. The production is as basic as you can get, sounding like music heard through someone else's earplugs, and nothing about this other than the melancholic guitar work makes its way to the listener. There are highlights in "Such Cruelty Never Rests" and "Torn Away By The Shadows", tracks which don't mess about with atmospherics and get down to some memorable passages of misery, but on the whole this is an album that's pretty painful to experience, a dark and haunting journey handled better by the bands it imitates.
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