Monday, March 8, 2010

RavenFrost/Ein Streifzug Am Abgrund Der Seeine/Victory By Fire Records/2009 CD REVIEW

RavenFrost are a band from Germany that plays a raw form of black metal with some doom influences mixed with dark ambient and this is a review of their 2009 album "Ein Streifzug Am Abgrund Der Seeine" which was released on Victory By Fire Records.

Drums are mostly midpaced beats with some blast beats mixed in to give the music a perfect balance while the bass playing has a very dark tone and utilizes alot of fast riffing. Keydoards when they are utilized sound very depressing and bring an ambient feel to the music which seems to be heavily influenced by the pioneers of black metal.

Rythym guitars use alot of midpaced riffs that sound very dark and primal with some tremolo picking on the faster songs that has alot of mid 90's to early 200's underground European black metal influences mixed in with alot of influences from doom metal in the slower material as well as a small amount of death metal, guitar leads when they are utilized sound very melodic as well as depressive.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams mixed with some screeches as well as deep growling thats has a very heavy death metal influence to it as well as some ocassional clean vocals, while the lyrics which are written in a mixture of German and English seem to cover a Luciferian approach to anti christianity, as for the production it sounds very professional without sacrificing the raw black metal approach.

In my opinion this is a very good band and I see alot of potentainal in their and I am looking forward to hearing their older as well as newer material. STANDOUT TRACKS INCLUDE "Aurora Lucferus" "Der Eiskatle Hauch Der Leeie" "To End Their Reign Of Lies" "Kenophobia" and "Risen From The Slaves". RECOMMENDED BUY

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