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Gnostic - Evoking The Demon (5/10) - USA - 2004

Genre: Black Metal
Label: Ordealis Records
Playing time: 29:35
Band homepage: -

Tracklist:

  1. Into
  2. Sodomizing The Paedophile Priest
  3. Iron Flames Of Blasphemy
  4. Utter Human Waste
  5. Internal Crypts Of Martyrdom
  6. Evoking The Demon
  7. Nocturnal Force... Torn Asunder
  8. When Bloodswords Were Drawn
  9. Embers Of Blackened Reasoning
  10. Altars Of Damnation >mp3
  11. Outro
Gnostic - Evoking The Demon

"Evoking The Demon" is quite simply half an hour of unrelenting blasphemous noise, and I, who generally enjoys this form of Black Metal, find it to be a rather tedious half hour at that. GNOSTIC blast relentlessly through the duration of the album in a very uncompromising yet unfortunately uninteresting manner.

 

The production of this album is typical of Black Metal, yet the added dirtiness when coupled with the relentless nature of the album does add to the frenzied chaotic nature of war Black Metal. At least the short running time does show a sense of maturity as the band do at least know when to quit before really overdoing the concept.

 

The riffs themselves are the main problem as each riff is too bland and lifeless and also pretty much the same as every other riff on the album. On the positive side however the vocals are some of the most forceful and violent I have heard in Black Metal in recent times and certainly works in the bands favour.

 

There is also a video section on this album (not on the promo so I can't comment) which by the sound of it would be a hell of a lot more interesting than the audio part as it is described as raw, black and white, dirty and underground... maybe that would have added a few point to the total.

 

I guess some people will love this, but its just not for me as it seems just too lifeless, and I can't see those who didn't enjoy the likes of "Panzer Division Marduk" enjoying this either, meaning that the band will have a rather select fanbase... Which is just as well I suppose considering that the album is being limited to 1000 copies. (Online May 3, 2004)

Niall Kennedy



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