The Pitch: From members of Ravencult, Embrace of Thorns and Dephosphorus, Greece's Nigredo are "changing the way we look at black metal." FFO: Mayhem, Taake, Satyricon
What I Like: Nigredo definitely have some venom in their fangs. Their vocalist is a harsh aggressor with a genuine talent for confrontation. For just a duo, these guys take back-to-basics black metal to an admirable level of rebellion. Guitars are coarse, with plenty of gritty punk chord progressions mixed in with the grim tremolos a la Mayhem and Taake. Similarly, drummer Maelstrom brings a lot of energy to the table with both D-beats and blasts for days.
Critiques: This album is as decent a black metal record as the next, but it doesn't reeally live up to the pitch. It's relatively standard stuff with solid performances; nothing more, nothing less. Also, almost every track feels at least a minute too long.
The Verdict: Flesh Torn - Spirit Pierced is solid black metal for fans of the 2nd wave. Nigredo don't really bring anything new to the table, and their compositions leave something to be desired, but that doesn't stop them from cranking out some enjoyable, corpse-painted tunes.
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-Review by FlightOfIcarus
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