GEHENNA must be one of the least known quality Metal bands hailing from Norway. They started as a Black Metal band that used keyboards to create dark atmospheres. When they released “Adimiron Black”, they had developed into a Death Metal band, but still with some of the Black Metal feeling in their sound. Unfortunately they ditched all their of Black Metal heritage when they released “Murder” and at the same time they became uninteresting. “Adimiron Black” is an entirely different story and here it comes.
“Adimiron Black” is a very good album if you like your Death Metal a bit atmospheric. They use the keys in all the right moments, creating a really bleak and negative soundscape. The negativity that GEHENNA creates is very good (although it’s a paradox to call negativity good I’ll do it anyway). This is not a band trying to be rock stars or to ride the latest trendwave. It’s straight from the heart and that is how music should be performed. For me music is more than just entertainment, that maybe the reason I loath KISS.
It’s really hard to put “Adimiron Black” into words because I haven’t heard much that can be compared. I’m not saying that they are reinventing the wheel but they put their souls into the album and that is what makes the difference. My biggest problem with the “Murder” album was the rotten mix/production (what is the difference). I don’t need polished sound to enjoy an album, but I need a sound that fits the band and guess if GEHENNA found it on “Adimiron Black”. The overall sound holds a good balance making sure the bass are audible too, which is rare. The dirty sound “hides” some atmospheric sounds that are found when listened to some times. This is an album that will grown on you the more you listen to it, unlike some that seem good at first and then just fades away.
My final words will be simple and plain. If you are a negative person and miss a soulmate, buy “Adimiron Black”. (Online April 12, 2005)