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4 out of 5 stars

This fascinating release is packaged in a very classic hardcore style: the CD is titled ‘Give Birth’, a very harsh, in-your-face-style hardcore motif, with a stripe-shirted child-corpse drawn in dark bkac-and-white on the cover. The kids in the band are much more hardcore-looking than they are Black Metal.

Even the song titles are straight from Hardcore: ‘Absent Student’, ‘Least Favorite Body’, ‘Of the Flesh’, ‘How Deranged’, ‘On a Rocking Horse’.

Near the end of the album, we get a thrashier, speedier flavor of Black Metal that speaks more loudly to the band’s HC leanings.

Until then, we are treated to some of the murkiest, darkly ponderous and arcane-sounding guitar work and keyboards I’ve heard since the Norwegian Black Metallers of old.

I heartily endorse this innovative release. It will be interesting to see these guys develop their sound.

The Alienist

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