Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Order Of The Ebon Hand/XV: The Devil/Seasons Of Mist/2005 CD Review

Order Of The Ebon Hand are a band from Greece that plays a very brutal form of Left Hand Path/Occult/Black Metal and this is a review of their 2005 album "XV: The Devil" which was released by Season Of Mist.

Drums range from mid paced to fast drumming with a great amount of blast beats being thrown in at times, while the synths bring a very dark, avant garde and occultic sound to the music when they are utilized and on one song there is a brief use of the saxophone which is something that is very rarely utilized in black metal, as for the bass playing it has a very strong and powerful tone with heavy riffing that dominates throughout the recording.

Rhythm guitars range from mid paced to fast raw black metal riffs that are very brutal at times and utilize some melodies while the lead guitars are very distorted sounding black metal guitar leads and solos.

Vocals are all  high pitched black metal screams that have a depressive and grim feel at times along with the occasional use of spoken word ritualistic passages, while the lyrics cover Goetia,The Dark Side of The Cabbala, Hermeticism, Tarot, Baphomet, Rituals, Anti Christianity and Darkness, as for the production it has a very dark, heavy, powerful and professional sound.

In my opinion Order Of The Ebon Hand are a very good avant garde sounding brutal occult black metal band and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "For Marchosias" "Gateway To Silence" "The Visitors" and "Spellbound". RECOMMENDED BUY.

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