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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Review: Mephorash - 1557 Rites of Nullification

Sweden is a country known for its metal scene, as it is regarded as one of the best if not the best in the world. It is also known for its black metal bands like Marduk, Bathory and Watain, and Mephorash fits in that club of Swedish black metal bands.

Listening to black metal for years, I had a pretty clear picture in my mind how this album will sound like and how the sound quality will effect my ears after listening to it. But I stand corrected. The album consists of only four songs. Now someone will say that four songs isn't material for an album, and they may in fact be right. But these four songs are around ten minutes long, and that is ten minutes EACH song. So it has a run time around forty minutes in total which is more than enough for a good black metal album.

The quality did make the same shock for me, although there is a trend of having a real production value in the black metal camp, I wasn't sure about the direction this band wanted to go. So the production is on a much better scale, the instruments are clearly heard, even though the guitars are sometimes overly dominant, but that is what black metal sounds like. The vocals also play a key role on this album, as there are many moments when the vocals take a more "narrative" role, but also contain the raw power needed for the songs to sound good. The album has plenty of atmospheric parts as they are not moments, and can take up a lot of the ten minute song. They also have a few almost Burzum sounding parts also, but it is not even nearly the same as Burzum.

All in all, a very surprising black metal album and a very good one.

Written by Nikola Milošević

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