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2.47 | 45 ratings

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The Crow
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2 stars First Therion's release, completely into the purest death metal!

Christopher Johnsson and his early fellows recorded this album in only a few days, and it was a little success in the death metal scene... This songs have all that a true death metal fan can desire: tons of growls, bass wich sounds like a thunder, fast guitars offering impossible riffs, and powerful drums.

So you will not find any prog here... The first three albums of the band are very very far from the music that Therion (aka Christopher Johnsson...) makes today. It's only death metal... And "Of Darkness..." works like a death metal album. It's not boring, mainly because the band tried to use some doom in the style of Celtic Frost, and some blast beats moments wich remind me to the grindcore of bands like Carcass. But if you don't like the old extreme metal, you'll find it horrible!

Best songs: Morbid Reality (here we can find some Celtic Frost influences...), Genocidal Raids (I like the doom intro...) and Dark Eternity (the most melodic track of the album)

Conclusion: this is an album only recommended for classic Death Metal fans... It has nothing to do with the style of music that Therion has made since "Lepacca Kliffoth". It's just authentic Death Metal in the vein of Death's "Screaming Bloody Gore", or the first Morbid Angel albums. So if you like this kind of stuff, then "Of Darkness..." is a recommended album. But if you are searching for symphonic or prog metal elements, then avoid it as quickly as you can.

My rating: **

The Crow | 2/5 |


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