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Natan - Het Zicht Van De Dood (CD)

Het Zicht Van De Dood
by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos at 29 October 2008, 1:18 PM

Belgium is one of this countries that have a faint spot in the Metal world map. Actually, my knownledge is very limited about this music scene so I was really surprised when the new NATAN album reached my desk. The band history starts in Belgium in the winter of 2000/2001 and marks the maiden NATAN release in 2002 in the form of a promo CD entitled Akeldama.
So, after some lineup changes NATAN come to hit the stores with Het Zicht Van De Dood that is released through Iron Age Records. Before I start this review I have to confess that the old school Black Metal in the vein of the DARKTHRONE is definitely not my cup of tea so you have to excuse my ignorance on this scene. NATAN belong to this category although the sound production is not that obscure as it was in the Nordic Black Metal BATHORY influenced blast wave. The Belgian band sounds adequately Dark and evil through the trademark blast beats and high pitch chord tormenting guitars. I found really interesting the melodic breaks that reveal an almost folk Metal background enhanced by the matching female vocals. De Hoge is a fine example of my saying where the band flirts with the WAYLANDER sound adding some folk and kind of epic finishing touches. The album keeps the interest in a high level by deflecting a little bit from the die hard Black Metal path in tracks like clean guitar based Mijn Lot that works as an intro to the BATHORY influenced In Het Zicht Van De Dood.
The album is built upon a solid black atmosphere perfectly supported by the fitting dark and evil artwork that dresses the cover and the cd booklet. The keyboards and electronic sounds of Doodsfeest close this very good album 'hiding' a secret track that brings the total running time to the evil 66 minutes and 6 seconds.
So, without breaking new grounds in Black Metal NATAN come with some interesting ideas that can satisfy the fans of this sound and why not raise some expectations for the  band's future discographic step.

3 Star Rating

Grauwbaard's Lied
Velden Van Bloed
De Hoge
Mijn Lot
In Het Zicht Van De Dood
Jonatan - Lead Vocals, Violins
Dries - Guitars, Clean Vocals
Daniel - Guitars
Jochen - Bass
Ezra - Drums, Additional Vocals
Record Label: Iron Age Records


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