Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Xasthur/Defective Epitaph/HydraHead Records/2007 CD Review

Xasthur are a 1 man band from California that plays a very depressive form of ambient black metal and this is a review of their 2007 album "Defective Epitaph" which was released by HydraHead Records.

Drums range from slow to midpaced beats that do get fast at times, while the synths sound very dark and depressive with an ambient and funeral doom feel, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars range from slow to midpaced depressive black metal riffs that also utilize alot of influences from dark ambient and funeral doom metal with some ocassional fast riffing mixed in with some brief use of full chords on one song and there are little to no guitar solos or leads present on this recording.

Vocals are all high pitched black depressive black metal screams with some ocassional Gregorian chants and spoken word passages, while the lyrics cover depressive themes as well as astral projection with a very dark and occultic feel, as for the production it has a very daek and raw feel to it which makes the music sound very depressive and evil.

In my opinion this was a great album from Xasthur, and if you are a fan of this band, you probably already own this album. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Souless Energy" "Dehumanizing Procession" "Worship (the War) Against yourself" and "The Only Blood That Purs Is Yours". RECEMMONDED BUY.

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