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Varathron – Glorification Under the Latin Moon

Varathron
Glorification Under the Latin Moon
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 26 August 2020, 11:29 AM

VARATHRON is a legendary Black Metal band out of Greece. Formed in 1988, they are described as “when the blasphemic times signed, the endless dark surrounded thy earth and the unholy kingdom of Aassurdinal rose!!! Anthropomorphous demons and ugly witches summoned the Dark Lord, from the city of the demons Beled-L-Gin…  His name is VARATHRON!.” “Glorification Under the Latin Moon” contains fifteen tracks.

The “Intro” is a short, two-minute instrumental, which sets the mood…smooth, acoustical guitars and some screams in the background. Then come the chants and shouts. It segues into “Ouroborus Dwellar,” which opens with a slow pace and vile vocal shouts. Some lead guitars come into play, and it is evident that this isn’t your run-of-the-mill Black Metal. Vocal chants in the background keep it harrowing. It picks up in pacing around the half-way mark, but then settles back to the earlier groove.

“Cassiopeia’s Ode” begins with clean, solemn guitars and vocal shouts. The riff reminds me more of Classic Metal than Black Metal, but the vocals remind of the latter. Again, the pacing picks up around the half-way mark. “Tenebrous” opens again with what I would consider a Classic Metal riff. It’s solemn and majestic. A scream ushers in a slightly faster pace, but that “wall of sound” that usually accompanies the genre is just not there. It waxes and wanes several times throughout the song. “Saturnian Sect” begins with brief spoken words, then that wall of sound enters, with thunderous drumming. The riff varies throughout. Like riding waves on a small ocean craft, you can feel every bump in the water.

“His Majesty at the Swamp” is s short, two-minute break. Ambient keys and whispers abound, then some spoken word. “Unholy Funeral” is another shorter song, opening with more of those shouts, and a slow, lumbering riff. I have to say I am not a fan of the shouts…they are probably my least favorite vocal style, but they work with the music. “Lustful Father” features another easy listening riff, butting against the Black Metal vocals in a unique fashion. Again, it picks up close to the half-way mark. Many of the songs follow this similar pattern.

“The River of my Souls” is close to eight minutes in length. It opens slowly, and with a bossy attitude. The main riff drops, and it’s fairly uninspired. Again, it picks up close the half-way mark, then retreats. “Genesis of Apocryphal Desire” begins with a slightly faster pace, but a lot of these tracks blend together. The guitars show some variation here, including an unexpected guitar solo. “Transit Gloria Mundi (Outro)” closes the album; a brief two-and-a-half minutes of vile sounds with acoustic guitars.

15 songs is a lot on any album. Songs are going to blend. But even aside from that issue, the album just sounded largely uninspired. At one time, VARATHRON were probably legendary pioneers in Black Metal. But, it doesn’t sound like the have evolved much, preferring to rest on the sound they created in 1988. It’s creative in that it doesn’t follow much of the traditions of the genre, but at the same time, it’s repetitive, and many of the song titles can be interchanged.

Songwriting: 5
Musicianship: 6
Memorability: 4
Production: 7

2 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Cultum Deus Aeternum (Intro)
2. Ouroboros Dweller
3. Cassiopeia’s Ode
4. Tenebrous
5. Saturnian Sect
6. His Majesty at the Swamp
7. Sun of the Moon
8. Unholy Funeral
9. Nightly Kingdoms
10. Lustful Father
11. Flowers of my Youth
12. The River of my Souls
13. The Tressrising of Nyarlathotep
14. Genesis of Apocryphal Desire
15. Transit Gloria Mundi (Outro)
Lineup:
Stefan Necroabyssious – Vocals
Achilleas C – Guitars
Sotiris – Guitars
Stratos – Bass
Haris – Drums
Record Label: Agonia Records
     


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