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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Nine Covens/On The Coming Of Darkness/Candlelight Records/2011 CD Review

  Nine Covens are a band from England that consists of many veterans of the black metal scene that choose to hide their names hidden that play a style that I would describe as being raw and primitive form of occult black metal metal and this is a review of their 2011 album "On The Coming Of Darkness" which was released by Candlelight Records.

Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with a good amount of blast beats being thrown in, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and on one song they sound very powerful bringing a gothic/death rock feeling to the music..

Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast raw and primitive black metal riffs that also have a doom metal feeling at times as well as some punk/thrash style being thrown in briefly with some dark sounding melodies, while the lead guitars which are only utilized briefly have a very dark and distorted sound to them as for the classical guitars which are only utilized briefly they use finger picking to add another dimension of darkness to the music.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with some deep growls being thrown in at times and on one song there is a spoken word passage done by Grutle from Enslaved in addition there is a brief use of clean singing being utilized on one song , while the lyrics cover Occultism and Darkness with the album having 3 different concepts, as for the production it has a very dark, raw and primitive sound to it without being too under produced.

In my opinion Nine Covens are a very good dark, raw and primitive sounding black metal and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "On The Resurrection And The Harrowing Of Hell Part 2" "On The Ascension And The Torment Of Hell Part 1:Cold Exile Of A Fallen Idol" "On The Day Of Judgement Part 1:Quake Before The Earthly Judge" and "The Exiles Complaint Part 2: A Mind Sorrows Rest". RECOMMENDED BUY.


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