Boasting an appearance by ENSLAVED’s Grutel, as well production being handled by LRZ of RED HARVEST fame managed to peak my interest in V:28, but I had mixed feelings upon hearing the final result. The potential was clearly there, but there was something that seemed off about it.
Subsequent listens, however, proved to be worthwhile, and slowly, V:28 revealed it’s true form, as a dense, brooding Black Metal, that, while still not perfect, is definitely on the right path. The production makes the songs on “NonAnthropogenic” so thick that it feels as though there’s a great weight pressing down on you throughout the duration of the disc.
The image that I’m presented with when listening to this album is always that of lone functioning machine out in the middle of a post apocalyptic wasteland. For some reason, it managed to withstand whatever destroyed everything else, and just charges along. Despite the lifelessness, and the stark mechanical feeling there’s a cynical sentiment underlying the disc, which comes through in general with the help of the occasional guitar melody, as well as the yet warm, foreboding piano work.
Although at times it feels as though V:28 can just be drudging along, “NonAnthropogenic” is a promising debut, that with a little time and effort will definitely suck you in. (Online February 16, 2004)