Monday, January 18, 2010

The Beast Of The Apocalypse "A Voice From The Four Horns Of The Golden Altar"



The Beast Of The Apocalypse- A Voice From The Four Horns Of The Golden Altar

(Transcendental Creations)

The Beast Of The Apocalypse are a duo from The Netherlands releasing their debut full-length album entitled “A Voice From The Four Horns Of The Golden Altar” on the French Canadian label Transcendental Creations. Like so many others, The Beast Of The Apocalypse are a direct descendant of early Bathory, as this debut album very much sounds like a mix of Bathory’s first two albums.

“A Voice From The Four Horns Of The Golden Altar” contains a very fuzzed out guitar with simple, yet powerful, riffs, a nice variation in tempo, and deep growls to the vocals, mostly in the far background. At times, the pace speeds up to a near blast, but the drums are so far down in the mix that they merely come across as a deep rumble at times. Adding to the atmosphere are a few weird synthesizer/ harmonic effects that fade in and out between, and within, songs. The production is muddy and deep with the guitars being down tuned, the bass nearly nonexistent, and the drums hard to discern.

Although the music is somewhat simplistic and not terribly original, “A Voice From The Four Horns Of The Golden Altar” is quite effective with good songwriting and atmosphere that gives the album a deep sense of foreboding. In addition, I wouldn’t exactly call the music very catchy, but the simple riffs are memorable and have a feeling of power. Variations in tempo keep the album from getting stale, and the periodic appearance of the weird effects enhance the atmosphere at the right moments. In short, “A Voice From The Four Horns Of The Golden Altar” is a good example of primitive black metal, no more, no less.

Primitive black metal with roots in the 80s seems to be making a comeback of sorts of late (like so many other favorite genres from yesteryear) with a monstrous, recent release from Teitanblood, and now this album from The Beast Of The Apocalypse. If you have any sort of interest in primitive black metal, you pretty much can’t go wrong with “A Voice From The Golden Horns Of The Golden Altar”. Recommended.

Links

The Beast Of The Apocalypse Official MySpace

Transcendental Creations

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