HORROR GOD "Cold Shine"
Behind this rather unimaginative name there’s a Russian black-death act. It’s a fairly young band so after a demo Cold Shine is their first full-length. The structure of the nine tracks packed in a fairly okay cover feeds from the blend of the above mentioned two genres. But, it’s also a part of truth that it cannot be linked to either one. To me, due to the razorsharp sound it sounds modern extreme metal than black or death metal. In fact, death metal cannot really be felt in the record. Okay, there are some twisted riffs or heavier passage but it’s not typical but it’s also possible I’m too picky. And no trace of Black Metal I can hear in here, apart from some faster themes. What remains then is an extreme musical environment, with which there’s no problem. However, there is problem with the standard of tracks. Unfortunately, I cannot name any standout tracks. All just come and go. Sometimes, I try hard to focus to find some memorable theme but it does not happen. But the voice of Max “Shaman” Stepanov is a good factor. He can use growls as well as higher BM vox. There’s also nothing wrong with the other musicians’ skills. The lyrics do not deal with usual topics as well, so there’s nothing cross desecration or gutting which is also no problem for me, personally. As a summary, they have room for development as far as the working out of tracks goes. With the rest, I think there’ll be no problem. Due to the mentioned drawbacks, this record deserves only an average rating.
HORROR GOD "Cold Shine"
HORROR GOD is Russian band, was formed back in the year of 2006, and now we have their last (or first?) work so far. Musically they are into gloomy way of music. As a whole here's such mid-tempo obscure black/death metal, with 50x50 black and death metal tunes. Let's say so – here's obscure atmosphere from black metal, mixed with dense and tight tunes of death metal. The whole album is not sounds in modern way. So this is additional plus to them. I can't say they sounds pretty original, no, but! – music is interesting in its structure, filled with good rhythms and not less good tempo-changes as well, then add gloomy vocals (semi scream, semi growl so to say). As I said their music is made in mid tempos, sometimes even in slow ones (sometimes even you'll hear some marching tempos like there is classical death metal), and in spite of this music is good (so I can not say something like – if they would be bit faster, that would be better, and this is good fact as for me, isn't it?). The only feelings which you'll get during listening to this stuff are such devastating, deep into human's sense of life ones, so you will not be able to think about something other like beer or some eat, he-he. Thus we have pretty good black-death metal band there on CIS scene, and you can without any doubts try this CD! 9 tracks, Russian lyrics…4-/5
HORROR GOD "Cold Shine"
It’s perhaps a wee bit unreasonable to expect every band out there to be groundbreaking world beaters but there’s no harm in trying, you know. When a bunch of guys gather in a recording studio to have a ‘good time’ the listener is almost guaranteed NOT to have a good time, which is exactly the situation I found myself in as I slogged through HORROR GOD’s “Cold Shine”, a piece of work that is the dictionary definition of banal. This has to be the 23464th Russian band I’ve had to review in the past few weeks and easily the most painful one to sit through. Devoid of even the faintest whiff of originality, “Cold Shine” plays out just like you’d expect a third-rate Death Metal album to – lots of chunky (though thoroughly bland) riffs, monotone growls and square drum beats thrown together in a wishy-washy way, with a slight Black Metal undercurrent coursing through in the background. Remember how badly GEHENNA dropped the ball when they jettisoned their early Black Metal sound for a more straight-up Death Metal aesthetic on “Murder”? Well, the lads in HORROR GOD seem to have been raised on said album because these songs all follow the same boring route. You have to dig long and deep to discover anything truly noteworthy here, with perhaps only the gentle keyboard opening and cascading main riff of “Sveboda” and the CANNIBAL COPSE-ish onslaught of “Chelovek” qualifying as moderately enjoyable. The rest merely follow the tried-and-tested Blackened Death route paved by the aforementioned GEHENNA, as well as others like NAUMACHIA and current AETERNUS. They do show potential (especially in terms of the subtle integration of more Black Metal-sounding melodies into the predominantly Death Metal mix) but it remains largely unrealized on “Cold Shine”. Many tracks lose steam as soon as they breach the 2 minute mark, and the excessive padding utilized by the band is proof enough that (a) they didn’t have enough really good riffs per song, and (b) they don’t know how to conclude a song, as most of them fade out amidst waves of shameless riff recycling. I’m sorry guys, but it’s back to the drawing board for you.
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