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Posts Tagged ‘Embrace Of Thorns’

EMBRACE OF THORNS – SCORN AESTHETICS LP (Iron Bonehead Productions)

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Embrace Of Thorns - Scorn AestheticsEmbrace Of Thorns’ fifth full-length is a pummelling maelstrom of Blackened Death Metal that largely eschews variety, embellishment and beautification in favour of all-out aggression.

While sparse classic Black Metal parts, atmospheric Death Metal nods and gear changes are reluctantly dispersed across ‘Scorn Aesthetics’, for the most part the record focuses primarily on battering and bludgeoning in a relentless, merciless and decidedly violent fashion.

Ferocious vocals, machine-gun drumming and razor-sharp riffs jockey for pole position as a cacophonous torrent of rage steams through the speakers, leading one to wonder if restraint, balance and variation have any place in music designed to celebrate darkness and disgust.

Whatever the fuck that means.

Evilometer: 666/666

EMBRACE OF THORNS – DARKNESS IMPENETRABLE LP (Nuclear War Now!)

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Embrace of Thorns - Darkness ImpenetrableYou have to take Embrace Of Thorns with a pinch – nay, a bucket – of salt. In the band photos on the back of ‘Darkness Impenetrable’, the Greeks look almost like a parody of themselves. And don’t even get me started on the five members’ pseudonyms (I wonder has Nuctemeron Bestial Ravisher of the Divine Harmony filed his tax returns yet; what sports does Archfiend DevilPig partake of?).

Then we have the song titles – ‘Erect Bloodstained Totems’ has to be one of the most unfortunate in the history of Black Metal. Clearly, what we have here is dumb musick aimed at idiots. Only a total braindead fool could enjoy this, right? Well, I love Embrace of Thorns and I love ‘Darkness Impenetrable’.

The vinyl comes in a black-and-white gatefold cover, with fun lyrics and naff band photos included. Most importantly, the music slays. Ripping, refreshing, fun Black Metal. Devil horns!

Evilometer: 666/666