Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Barathrum/Saatana/Spinefarm Records/1999 CD Review

Barathrum are a band from Finland that started out as a black/doom metal band but later evolved into a black/thrash band on this recording and this is a review of their 1999 album "Saatana" which was released by Spinefarm Records.

Drums mutilize a good mixture of slow to midpaced drumming with alot of fast playing and brutal blast beats, while the bass playing has a very powerful sound that is very easy to hear on this recording with a mixture of slow and fast riffing.

Rhythm guitars cover alot of ground with some slow doomy riffing mixed in with some faster playing that mixes black metal and thrash together with a good amount of melody and there are little to no lead guitars or solos on this recording.

Vocals are high pitched black metal screams with some back up shouting vocals and some spoken word parts, while the lyrics cover topics such as Satanism, Occultism, Beltane festival,vampirsm, and depressing themes, as for the production on this recording which was recorded aand mixed during the months of January through March of the year 1999 at Tico Tico Studio in Finland sounds very professional and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this album.

In my opinion Barathrum are a very good band and if you like black metal that mixes thrash and doom metal together, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Boundless Arts" "Beltane" "Regent Of Damnation" and "Countess Erszebeth Nadasdy". RECOMMENDED BUY.