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Review: Bahimiron - Rebel Hymns of Left Handed Terror
Rebel Hymns of Left Handed Terror

Label: Moribund Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 46:21
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: October 23, 2011
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Rebel Hymns of Left Handed Terror

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (9 Votes)

I've been listening to this album for a while and I'm still not quite sure how I feel about it. This is raw, lo-fi, kind of monotonous at times – really underground stuff. What's missing in many parts is the metal. While there are a few actual Black Metal tracks on offer here, there are many tracks that sound more like ambient, or downright simple distortion noise. I don't actually hate the way Bahimiron go about this, though I find it's hit or miss based solely on my mood – and let's face it, several minutes of monotonous noise will often get boring unless you're just using this as background music.

That aside, the actual Black Metal tracks are very much unpolished, non-flashy, repetitive and somewhat unremarkable; this is the kind of stuff that some people would call "bathroom Black Metal" – the instruments are often barely discernible from each other, and it's hard to make anything out of this. This is plain underground, raw, ultra-basic Black Metal and Bahimiron do it well: You listen to this and can't help but feel uneasy. The atmosphere that comes out of this is gloomy, depressing and at times sounds downright evil. This is the kind of Black Metal that only maniacs of the genre will like – you know who you are.

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