Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. This review is dedicated to all of you who appreciate Pest for their filthy and massive black metal attacks that they have presented on their previous releases.
And I admit that this review must be seen less as a review than as a warning. The band has changed sides. Consequently "The Crowning Horror" is neither furious nor epic. The focus is no longer on presenting the essence of black metal.
But in comparison with the items of their own discography, "horrible" is exactly the right term. Nevertheless, I want to start with the positive features of this album. The hammering staccato of the concise chorus fits perfectly with the rocking verses which leave room for some short solo escapades of the guitars. The fast-paced "Holocaust" is the second and last highlight. It shines with its gloominess and forms a bridge between Le Temps De Lamour - Françoise Hardy - Le Double Disque Dor De Francoise Hardy previous evil outputs of the band and "The Crowning Horror".
But this bridge leads nowhere, because the here described album lacks of coherence and power. Lameness does not necessarily create creepiness.
The album sounds as if it wants to be the soundtrack of a horror movie. But unfortunately, it just suffers from its halfhearted approach. Too The Great Train Robbery - Black Uhuru - The Great Train Robbery songs, for example "The Abomination of the God" or the overlong "Thirteen Chimes" fail to generate an oppressive atmosphere.
They lack of ideas and stirring moments. Its riffing is casual and malicious at the same time, but the duo fails to embed it into an irresistible song arrangement. It is a fundamental problem that the band scores with some more or less amazing riffs without being able to make something good out of it. But grim reality is also that songs like the title track Pest - The Crowning Horror just badly designed and do not even possess strong riffs.
Under the bottom line, the stylistic change leads to a considerable decrease of ferocity Pest - The Crowning Horror vehemence. Too bad that we do not receive an appropriate compensation for this loss.
But the worst thing is, without question, that the once credible band has lost its authenticity in view of this unmotivated change of course. To put it succinctly, "The Crowning Pest - The Crowning Horror is a disappointment.
It cannot be Pest - The Crowning Horror as black metal. Due to its lack of directness, we cannot call it horror punk. Whatever the case, I am sure that the metal scene is full of worse albums. Two good songs are better than no highlights at all. But however, the Swedish duo remains beneath its possibilities and I am more or less pissed off.
Though the Swedish Pest has always clung to the roots aesthetics of the black metal genre, rarely sounding as if they had stepped out of the early 90s to take a look around at what's happening lately, their latest opus The Crowning Horror goes one further, conjuring an evil and primal innocence through their songwriting that just as well might have arrived years ago.
If you muddied up the production a bit more, this record might have The Groovy Guru - Anita Lane - Dirty Pearl in and been worshiped these years as an obscure, unearthed 'first wave' gem. When done properly, like on a few of Vultyr's records or that excellent Head of the Demon debut last year also from SwedenI am an absolute sucker for this style, and through its simplicity comes its novelty.
A 'past' that never was, manifest into the present climate. Throw a higher pitched vocalist on The Crowning Horror, especially on a mid-paced piece like "Devil's Mark" or the Sabbath-ian step of "The Abomination of the God", Pest - The Crowning Horror you'd not even blink twice as dubbing this an entirely different genre.
But once the harsh barks similar to Nocturno Culto or Aura Noir are delivered, it helps maintain that this is really a hybrid effort, with its feet in one style and its head up another. Add to that the simpler drumming, the perfectly honed level of distortion on the guitars Pest - The Crowning Horror too much drive or hiss, but plenty of powerand the fluid punch of the bass lines and you've got yourself a generation-defying album sure to appeal to all the fans of nostalgic happenings, vest metal, etc.
Unlike Darkthrone's latest, The Underground Resistance, however, Pest is playing it completely straight, without any of the cheesy attempts at parody Showgirl - Asterix - I Know Your Soul and ironic lyricism.
Granted, there are a few points here where Pest slip back into their prior skins, like "Holocaust" or "Demon" where they dial up the pace for some primitive but still atmospheric, familiar black metal riffing and modest blast-like beats, but I think this only further strengthens the record since it evokes a greater variety and reveals that the Swedes aren't just buying solely into the 'retro' thing or shifting perspectives entirely from their prior works they've always happily waved the old school flag.
The leads and melodies exhibit a lot of flashy but controlled techniques and help to round out the rust-flecked rhythms, and they come up with some genuinely killer riff progressions like those in "The Crowning Horror" itself which honor the traditions of speed, thrash, heavy, doom and archaic black metal simultaneously.
Crack open a beer, chain up a 'virgin' for some after hours 'role play', smoke up some incense from a fake or real skull, and put some Italian cult horror on in the background for good measure. Then hit 'play' and try NOT to smile. And if you don't, well, then you've probably got other problems to attend to. Metal Archives loading Username Password Login. Bands alphabetical country genre Labels alphabetical country Reviews R.
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