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Alkerdeel – Morinde

by Jorge “The Zarto” Zamudio at 22 March 2012, 12:41 PM

It is really hard to believe that a song that goes beyond 15 minutes could catch the attention of the listener and could be enjoyable by any Metal fan. But what is really incredible is the fact that these songs I’m talking about are not from progressive or melodic nor Epic Metal (which are the genres that usually make these songs melodious and memorable). These ones come from the raw Sludge / Black Metal, and to finish this paragraph, the tracks are good, are pleasant and are entertaining.

Keeping the old school hard hitting rhythms, ALKERDEEL in 41 minutes teaches everyone that talent doesn’t mean virtuosity; this band keeps the same extreme noise in their songs but slightly using other elements. The distortion abuse sounds excellent, making me recall the old Black Metal bands that have always managed to take out the evil in me.

I will be more specific about the instrumentation. The guitars clearly pressent the “melody” here, taking the songs into a raw direction, riffs that go hand in hand with the Punky sound characteristically of nowadays along with the “innovation” of modern Black Metal bands. At some moments those riffs slow down and go into a drone and a lone guitar high effect making it a rather painful sound that from the first moments is good until it becomes annoying. The drums are good, classic type, nothing special, maybe using that “drown old” sound like hitting pots, but used in a good way, not better than everything, but not worse than anything. About the bass, well this kind of production makes it loose in the songs, it is not appreciable in most of the parts of the songs, and it’s hard to say something good about something you could barely hear on this album.

As for the rest, it’s nothing special, but at the same time these guys gave me a really good impression, because it’s not something boring after 10 minutes. ALKERDEEL do not have the best 20 minute song I’ve ever heard yet in a strange way sounded very good. The main reason is because they use the most basic elements in order to make good music, and they are on the right track.

4 Star Rating

1. Winterteens
2. Horsesaw
3. Hessepikn
4. Du Levande
Nieke - Drums
Pui - Guitars
Pede - Vocals
QW – Bass
Record Label: ConSouling Sounds


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