Monday, October 10, 2011

Fester/Silence/Abyss Records/2011 CD Re-Issue Review

  Fester where a band from Norway that played a mixture of black, doom, and death metal that recently had their other album reviewed in this zine and this is a review of their 1995 album which was recently re-issued by Abyss Records in 2011.

Drums range from slow to mid paced drumming with not much in the ways of fast playing or blast beats, while the keyboards when they are utilized bring a dark sound to the music with over dominating, as for the bass playing it has a very strong and powerful tone with some progressive sounding metal riffing.

Rhythm guitars range from slow to mid paced riffs that combine death, black and doom metal together with a great amount of traditional metal influences with some thrash style riffing being used on one song and melody, while the lead guitars are very melodic and progressive sounding metal guitar solos, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized they use finger picking and full chords to add a more dark, tragic and progressive sound to the music.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams mixed in with some grim sounding whispered vocals and on a couple of songs there are some spoken word passages, while the lyrics cover dark and depressive themes that have somewhat a feel of a classic gothic novel with some nature orientated lyrics being added in, as for the production it sounds very dark and somewhat raw but still professional enough to the point where you can hear all of the musical instruments.

In my opinion this was a great album from Fester and while it is more melodic and experimental than the previous release, I still thought this was a good well put together album, if you are looking for something that was very different sounding even for the 90's, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Silent Is The Raven" "Voices From The Wood" "My World Of Thoughts" and "Precaution". RECOMMENDED BUY.

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