Berserk - ...from the Celtiberian Woods

Posted on Monday, September 06, 2010

This band hails from Spain but sounds very much in line with the Norse style of keyboard-laden Black Metal. In a way, this album reflects what Emperor and Dimmu Borgir where doing almost 10 years ago. There are a few extras thrown in on top of all that but ultimately, this sounds very old hat. The inclusion of more Folk oriented stuff later on seemed kind of strange, but at the same time, that stuff worked better for them in terms of defining their sound than the obvious Emperor / Dimmu Borgir worship that comprised the bulk of this album. The songs themselves were okay for the most part with only the last couple standing out at all (mostly from the Folk parts). I think that this band is still trying to define their sound and this makes …from the Celtiberian Woods much more of a mixed bag than it should have been. The production on this album was not the greatest either. Someone should kick the studio engineer’s ass for fucking up the drum tones. The snare sounded like a metal garbage can lid and the bass drums sounded like someone was flicking a light switch on and off. Not only that but the guitars were buried and the bass was barely there too. Give these guys a decent studio budget and a couple years to develop their style. They still have a ways to go.

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