QUOTE(Pymonte @ Jan 20 2010, 11:47 PM)
Interesting. They're a band that I've heard of, and heard a bit of what they've done, but I'm not too familiar with. Could you provide some more info, or a good entry point?
Here's a few thoughts -
They're not overly technical - most of the guys are self-taught, and I mention this because I think they have a more unorthodox style. This changed somewhat between "Choronzon" and "Words that go unspoken" when they brought in the guitarist from The Berzerker, who gives them a little more precision. Not to say they are sloppy, but it's a contrast certainly.
I wouldn't recommend their earlier stuff, either "Goat of Mendes" or
[spoiler]"The Rape of the Bastard Nazarene"[/spoiler] (spoiler for those who might be offended)
as their sound really coalesced on "Choronzon." As for their sound, I think the lead singer put it best when he described them as what it would sound like if Death and Rush got into a fight in an elevator. They're labeled as black metal, but it's definitely neither USBM nor Norwegian. I suppose it's British black metal, but I don't know much of the rest of the scene (save for Hecate Enthroned, who I don't think they sound at all like). But there is a very palpable proggy aspect to their music; they have tons of melodic breaks, synth, and a fair amount of clean singing (though normally the lead singer goes with a more "death-y" guttural, with occasional highs.) With that said, I don't find it as boring or soulless as a lot of Gothenburg-inspired melodic stuff. I think they handle the mix very well.
I don't know if that helps at all - sorry if it's not that coherent. I'd start with either "Choronzon" or "Words that go unspoken" - "Antichrist" is good, too, but I just haven't listened to it enough to give you a strong impression.
Plus they always play in suits and ties, which I think is entertaining.