BLACK HOLE - LAND OF MYSTERY
ANDROMEDA RELIX / BLACK WIDOW RECORDS
Metal To Infinity
looks obscure, this is obscure! What a strange front cover from a band I have
never ever heard about. I was expecting old sounding Seventies or Eighties Metal
and it seems I was right about this one. It wasn’t that difficult to find out
this is / was a very old and odd band because it took only a short look to the
band’s pictures to find this out. What made me wonder is the fact this is an
Italian band and to be honest I don’t know that much Italian bands from the
first spin gives me everything I was expecting but that’s not in particular
bad news. I like this kind of obscure releases from which the listener should
aware that the production is far from perfect. I’ve read the original LP was
released in 1985 and although there were better production possibilities in that
era I doubt this release should have sound better. This sickening production is
just the strength of this album, strange but true! This old kind of bizarre
Heavy Metal always contains a very dark atmosphere and especially True Metal
fanatics from the very first hour will be crazy about it, even worship it.
trio knew how to create a mysterious, even a bit a psychedelic captivating,
sound! Listening to this release gives me a captivating feeling, just like I am
in some old horror movie. The band knew how important samples were to create
this kind of mood, remarkable! This music is demonic, even written by a sick and
dark master brain but God damned, it’s so well performed!
way these recordings were produced breathes everything from the ancient Heavy
Metal scène. Fans of bands like the very old Black Sabbath (of course), Manilla
Road, Cirith Ungol and ominous NWOBHM bands will probably be fond of this one.
Imagine anyway that kind of production for typical Seventies and early Eighties
Metal with very much Doom Metal ingredients weaved in it.
leading bass guitar, the pipe organs (keyboards), the vocal lines, the way the
guitar solos are performed are remarkable but even more extraordinary is the
fact that this band wrote pretty good songs. Every track has its own dark
secrets and for some reason they bring the listener under some kind of spell.
The tracks sucks the listener into their stories and makes you envision all
things from out of the underworld… This if frightening!
amongst us who are addicted to modern sounding Metal should stay far away from
this one but if you’re into cult Eighties Heavy / Doom Metal you will have no
troubles spending your bucks on this one. I respect the fact a label dares to (re-)release
such an album. An album to listen to every time a storm is pronounced…
My Points: 87 / 100 (Review by Officer Nice)
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