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Sarath - Husk, Du Skal D (7,5/10) - Norway - 2005

Genre: Black Metal
Label: Duplicate Records
Playing time: 12:22
Band homepage: -

Tracklist:

  1. Husk, Du Skal D >mp3
  2. Heller D Enn Hedre Guds Navn >mp3
Sarath - Husk, Du Skal D

The info sheet claims that SARATH is a "Black Metal visionary" and while I wouldn't go quite so far, I am of the opinion that "Husk, Du Skal D" is simply a fantastic 7" release that any fan of the Black Metal genre would enjoy.

 

Furthermore, the info sheet makes more claims and states that SARATH is "unafraid of exploring new avenues" and that he is "adding unorthodox elements to the formula." I think the info sheet hit the nail on the head with the use of the word "formula." No SARATH isn't ground breaking, but he does add some rather unusual riffs in the midst of the traditional Black Metal formula. More importantly however is the fact that he makes them fit in a way that makes you wonder why they weren't there in the first place and it is that which makes this release impressive.

 

The general style of riffage is one that I'm familiar with and indeed love, its that simple depressing tremolo strummed playing that was prevalent on the first two GORGOROTH albums, and like GORGOROTH it is offset with elements a little out of the ordinary. To put it bluntly, anyone who thinks "Maneskyggens Slave" is a masterpiece will simply love SARATH.

 

I won't go into too much depth simply because two tracks doesn't really allow me to. Suffice to say that for me this is exactly what I've wanted to hear ever since GORGOROTH departed from their "Antichrist" sound. It has the same tonal quality, the same use of those little out-of-the-ordinary segments, only it has been brought forward. The "unorthodox" sections are in a different direction from the countrymen and the production has the same presence but is just that much more crisper and fresher. All things said I simply want more, much much more. (Online September 29, 2005)

Niall Kennedy



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