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Gorgon - The Veil of Darkness Award winner

Gorgon
The Veil of Darkness
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 26 January 2019, 7:20 AM

The underground scene of Black Metal from France is known throughout the world due the Les Légions Noires (LLN, for the ones who are introduced to Black Metal). But many fans doesn’t know that a pioneer of the 90’s was GORGON, a band that isn’t as know as it deserves to be. But it is again in the front, storming with its new album, “The Veil of Darkness”.

On the album is found the same old and good Black Metal in its primal form, plenty of influences from earlier German Black/Thrash Metal (obviously, the name of SODOM is the first to remember due “In the Sign of Evil” and “Obsessed by Cruelty” ages), and also from Hardcore from the 80’s (especially from Finnish school, as RATTUS and TERVEET KÄDET). But it keeps not only the moldy and raw atmosphere from the old days, but it’s aggressive and bears charming musical arrangements that aren’t complex, so catchy to our ears.

The production made a good work, respecting the band’s music. Such form of Black Metal deserves a crude and simple approach, and it is here, but was done in a way that everything on the album can be understood. The idea: to keep the sound as simple as the band needs, and to use crude tunes on the instruments to make the songs sound organic and old school. Yes, it’s good and fits on what the album needs.

“The Veil of Darkeness” is a homogeneous album, with all the tracks showing very good moments, but the pile driving rhythm of “Still Six Six Six” (very good work on the rhythm session, with a solid and strong playing of bass guitar and drums), the Hardcore dirty influence that permeates “This is War” (excellent guitar riffs, indeed), the nasty and oppression imposed by the tempos of “The Veil of Darkness” (these nasty shrieks are perfectly matching on the instrumental parts, and even some morbid keyboards can be heard on it), the Black/Thrash Metal lashing riffs of “Border of the Forest”, the slow parts of the bitter “Burned for Him”, the hypnotic “Posthumous Bewitchment”, and the morbid “Our Crusade” are the ones that will make your heart pulses faster than the usual.

“The Veil of Darkness” was conceived for Old School Black Metal fans, those who miss the 90’s, but it can charm every Metal fan with a good taste.

Originality: 9
Songwriting: 10
Memorability: 10
Production: 9

5 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Son of Perdition
2. Still Six Six Six
3. This is War
4. The Veil of Darkness
5. Border of the Forest
6. Path of Doom
7. The Roots of My Fantasies
8. Burned for Him
9. Depraved Conception
10. Posthumous Bewitchment
11. Our Crusade
Lineup:
Christophe Chatelet - Bass, Guitars, Vocals
Record Label: Osmose Productions
     


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