ORDER OF THE EBON HAND "XV: The Devil"

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ORDER OF THE EBON HAND "XV: The Devil"

The Hellenic Black Metal scene have given powerful names, like NECROMANTIA, VARATHRON, SEPTIC FLESH, ROTTING CHRIST or NIGHTFALL. The beginnings of these bands were at the early 90's, when the Metal movement in that part of Europe represented a strong focus, together with Norway. And about then time this group was formed, leaded by Merkaal (NOCTERNITY) and Lethe (sporadic partner at some bands that I've just mentioned). After a modest debut in 1997, the band broke up, the military service being the main reason. From 2001 the three Greek (with Phlaigon) have pained to finish this album and, after they signed with the Finnish label, they come now with a modest sample, out-dated but energetic of Orthodox Black Metal (how supid it sounds!!!). It seems like the three ones haven't succeeded in riving from the previous millenium, because their music is a "fuggy" one. This album hasn't pleased me at all, maybe only the fact that I remembered about the good times of the bands promoted by the UNISOUND label, when "Non Serviam" was keeping alive these modest bands that were appearing all the time but without personality. If you want to listen to a fluent Black Metal, full of atmosphere, with dynamic keyboard, heavy guitars, Black voices and abundant bass, then this trio can be a good example. If you want to go back in time and breathe something from the Greek Black Metal trend of 15 years ago, the choice is good. But if you want to listen some Black Metal from the third millenium, then avoid this opus. Even the cover is an infantile one, as well as the old-fashioned logo.