Besatt - Hail Lucifer

Posted on Monday, September 06, 2010

When I first heard the unholy racket that this Polish horde churns out, I wrote them off as just another “Grim” Black Metal band trying to do what Darkthrone did a decade ago. After a second and third listen, however, I’ve come to the conclusion that they aren’t just another “Clone-Throne” band - my new description for bands that blatantly and shamelessly ape Darkthrone. Granted, their guitar sound is lacking lower-end and their drums are too loud, but they do have a lot of potential. One thing that I liked was the fact that not only was the bass audible but the bassist can actually play! There was some creative bass work and even some kick-ass guitar riffs. Where Besatt does their best work is when they stay in the mid-paced speed range. When they kick it up into high gear, they just don’t pack the same punch and probably lose some power because the guitars get buried beneath the snare drum assault. This is a good start and if they can keep on adding new ideas to their sound, Besatt will be yet another Polish band to look out for.

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