Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Brisen/Shade Of Soul/Holocaust Records/1996 CD Review

Brisen are a band from Italy that plays a very atmospheric fom of satanic black metal and this is a review of their classic 1996 album "Shade Of Soul" which was released by Holocaust Records.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with some fast playing and blast beats, while the keyboards are very dark and atmospheric sounding, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone which is kind of mixed down low in the mix and seems to follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times they sound very powerful.

Rhythm guitars are slow, midpaced to fast black metal riffs in the classic Italian tradition with a thrash feel at times, and there are little to no guitar solos or leads present on the recording, as for the accoustic guitars when they are utilized they use alot of finger picking and full chords to add a darker dimension to the music.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams, while the lyrics cover darkness, evil and anti-christian themes with one song written in Latin, as for the production it has a very dark and raw feel to it.

In my opinion this was a great album from Brisen, and if you are a fan of 90's cult Italian black metal with an atmospheric edge, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Hills Of Thunder" "Tree Of Agony" and "Evil Power". RECEMMONDED BUY.

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