Bloodthrone - Storms of Apocalypse

Posted on Saturday, September 11, 2010

This album starts off with the usual atmospheric intro that blasts into some furious Black/Death Metal that kind of reminds me a bit of Thornspawn or Summon. The music is more in line with an American Death Metal take on the European Black Metal sound which comes off a bit heavier and a bit less melodic but still powerful. Vocally, this is raspy Black Metal style delivery mixed with occasional Death growls and multi-tracking. The production is fairly clear though there are parts where the drumming overpowers the guitars. Though I can hear everything pretty well, I still think the guitars could be turned up a bit more because they seem to lack volume compared to the rest. I also think that a rawer sound would have helped this a bit more, because Storms of Apocalypse sounds a bit on the sterile side. I don’t know if the band is just not into it enough or if the clean sound sucked some of the life out of this, but I know for sure that this should be more intense and mayhemic. This is still a band to look out for and if this release is anything to go by, they’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the future.

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