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Ogen - Black Metal Unbound (EP)

Black Metal Unbound (EP)
by Morgan Djevelbjörn at 13 May 2011, 3:35 AM

OGEN hail from Italy, founded in 2010 and "Black Metal Unbound" is their first release. The person responsible behind all this is Hartagga (vocals, guitars and bass).

The five-track EP starts, as the name of the first track indicates ("Shattered Earth Volcano") with sounds of an exploding volcano. A lot of interesting stuff follow through-out this EP. Groovy black metal with very nice leading melodies. Great guitars that speak through a lot of ways. Fast riffs, melodic riffs, lunatic "Old Man's Child" - "Emperor" influenced riffs. Very well worked melodies and guitar harmonies that lead the songs and add a great atmosphere. The vocals also have more than one color. Mostly extreme, raw and sometimes switching to double recorded demonic (high groahls and low roahrs combination). There are also some clean vocals that work really nice in the songs. Drums (session played) are really helping the themes to emerge and shine. Thrash rhythms, slow rhythms, fast doublekicks and blastbeats.

Hartagga is not afraid to play with moods within the songs. Raw, atmospheric, raged, melodic, whatever serves the idea. And actually this works great, because the result is an EP with it's own character.

"Black Metal Unbound" is a really interesting and well performed EP that will definately speak to the hearts of Emperor, Old Man's Child and Rotting Christ fans.

4 Star Rating

1. Shattered Earth Volcano
2. Black Tusk Retaliation
3. Crest Of The Forgotten
4. As A Leaden Sun Shineth Upon
5. A Steep Slope To Desolation
Hartagga - Vocals, Guitars and Bass
Mjøllnir - Session Drums
Record Label: Kolony Records


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