Saturday, May 28, 2011

Rev 16:8/Ashlands/AFM Records/2011 CD Review

Rev 16:8 are a band from Sweden that plays a very fast, brutal and chaotic from of black metal and this is a review of their 2011 album "Ashlands" which was released by AFM Records.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast and brutal drumming with a great amount of blast beats, while the bass playing has a very dark sound with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars, as fr t he synths which are only used on the last song they have a feel of a horror movie soundtrack.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast black metal riffs that are very raw and brutal but still retain a great amounf of skill and talent with some melodies being used at times as well as some weird distortion effects being used on one song and there are little to no guitar solos or leads present on this recoding.

Vocals are a mixture of high pitched black metal screams and grim style growls with some ocassional spoken word passages, while the lyrics cover Darkness, Evil, Armagadden and Satan with a more philosophical approach, as for the production it sounds very powerful, heavy and professional sounding which is rare for black metal of this style.

In my opinion Rev 16:8 are a very talented and brutal sounding black metal band, and if you are a fan of Swedish style black metal bands that are well known names in the scene, you should check out this band since they have enough talent to compete with Dark Funeral and Watain but a little bit more brutal than those bands recent recordings. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCUDE "Agenda" "A Study of Paterns And Habits" "The Chase' and "when Words Are Pbselete". RECEMMONDED BUY.

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