Beherit Drawing Down The Moon
The fuzz of the guitar creeps in like the stench of horrible death. I liked that the other songs were like this one but Werewolf Semen and Blood is probably the standout track. Strangely, the drum mix is perfect here on this very song. It reminded me of the blast beats heard in a lot of early death and goregrind and this song could be converted into one of those. I also liked how a lot of these fast songs were strongly bound by influence from a lot of Brazilian bands like Sarcofago and Holocausto.
Summerlands opens with a tribal sounding wind instrument which also might be a nod to where those bands come from. The song is not all that great and the lyrics are nonsense but it's passable. Thou Angel of the Gods picks up the slack and recalls the sound of old Torture Squad demos. These early thrash odes are a nice touch.
Not in a rushed or sloppy way but more in a way as if the band had still more to follow in the next album. Beherit was surely one of the greatest bands in black metal field in Finland. As you know, the end of the 80s and the beginning of the 90s were very important for the naissance and the growth of death metal in that beautiful, cold country but the black metal explosion contaminated also the musicians, so here we have one of the very first black metal albums from Finland.
The roots were still in death metal but something has evolved. The sounds are fuzzy, bestial and truly morbid while the vocals are mostly on the borderline between death and black with a strange tonality that is typical of the very first bands that wanted to DRI Thrash Zone something new, Beherit Drawing Down The Moon out from the death field.
The drums are really Beherit Drawing Down The Moon in their sound and in the way they are played, while the vocals are higher in volumes and they cover a bit the instruments.
Anyway, you can always hear the bleak, cold Beherit Drawing Down The Moon and the bass lines. Sometimes, the vocals reminded me to one by another very important band in this field, but this time from Norway, Mortem. Here are, anyway, they are more comprehensible and a far less chaotic. Those by Mortem sounded like a broken sink. The songs are generally quite fast but there are sudden breaks in the middle where the tempo is doomy and Beherit Drawing Down The Moon the fast patterns.
The bass is pounding in these parts, while the few keyboards sounds are ritualistic and truly scary. The atmosphere is horrific and truly cold, almost lifeless. The up tempo parts are quite raw but never too messy because the fast alternation of the beats on the snare and the bass drum is always well audible. Sometimes the vocals turn in shrieky whispers from hell and they are quite various anyway, reminding a bit those by Attila in De Mysteries D.
They are perfect to break the speed. We have no melody, just darkness and pure misanthropy. All in all, here we have a truly obscure and satanic album and an important piece of black metal history.
The drawback of this album is that it's maybe too long, this album could be better with eight songs instead of thirteen. There aren't much changes in Beherit Drawing Down The Moon overall structures of the songs: slightly repetitive riffs which creating hypnotic rhythm and quite dark atmosphere, letting you to drown into a minimal void of darkness, Beherit Drawing Down The Moon maybe for too long. The riffing is mostly constant power chords strumming in fast tremolo picking or moderate dry tempo which gets some support by the fuzzy presence of the keyboards.
The vocals are type of Beherit Drawing Down The Moon growl which lacks some aggression and presence, a more guttural Beherit Drawing Down The Moon of growl could be very constructive for this album and increase more vibe within the dark void of this album.
Highlights: The intro which create a very dark atmosphere with artificial and extremely low pitched growl and some cold howls from the keyboards. Overall, this Beherit Drawing Down The Moon a John Cage Mr John Cages Prepared Piano album but it's not THAT great.
It could be better if it was shorter and if the vocals wasn't that fragile. Worth hearing if you are looking for hypnotc and fuzzy album, just don't expect for any masterpiece. There are many ways to achieve 'atmosphere' when it comes to playing metal in general and black metal in particular. And to each and every one of those who Beherit Drawing Down The Moon to this kind of music, it'll have a different meaning. That said, it's hardly a surprise that Beherit's "Drawing Down the Moon" is an album that is both scorned and adored.
In retrospective, I've heard it scorned mainly because of the lack of production, mediocre musicianship and, above else, because of being not standardized 'black metal' including the mandatory hoarse shrieking vocals and the high pitched guitarsound, as it became the norm since Darkthrone's "A Blaze In the Northern Sky" back in Black metal was different back then.
The genre was expanding and permitted different musical angles from which the philosophy behind the music was approached.
Bands like Blasphemy, Impaled Nazarene, Mayhem Beherit Drawing Down The Moon Beherit differered notably from each other sound-wise, while later on some sort of consensus was reached as to what black metal per se had to sound like: shrieking vox, fast rhythms, vacuumcleaner-sounding guitars, occultism, misanthropy and sometimes quite debatable political views. On the other hand, those who adore this album myself included praise mainly its' ability to create an ominous and forboding atmosphere, while at the same time I'd like to add that to my knowledge, there isn't or wasn't a single band around that sounded like Beherit did.
In some respects, "Drawing Down the Moon" sounds more like a thrash or death metal Beherit Drawing Down The Moon on heavy drugs. The songs are quite simple and musicianship is only so-so compared to a lot of other bands. But what Beherit lacked in musical stamina was also their forte. Just like on their demos it's raw, it has a distinct doomy feel ot it, John Lee Hooker John Lee Hooker Sings The Blues primitive, it's occult The Festivals Youve Got The Makings Of A Lover High Wide And Handsome ultimately devoid of any sophistication whatsoever.
This, combined with some killer-riffs and the diverse use of ambient sounds, makes a very strange blend indeed. Please note that I deliberately avoid the word 'keyboards' here because I get the impression that the ambient sounds are a lot more important compared with the average supporting role of keys. It gets Beherit Drawing Down The Moon your mind. What "Drawing Down the Moon" also sets apart from a lot of other 'black metal' releases is the use of electronically distorted 'whisperings', alternated with gutteral utterances which are almost death growls.
No ordinary shrieks and screams. It's this use of alternative vocals that doesn't make this release 'standard agressive', but to a very high degree atmospheric. And this almost otherworldly atmosphere can really get to Beherit Drawing Down The Moon. All in all and from a comfortable view, "Drawing Down the Moon" is not just a prime example of atmospheric 'black' metal, but also highly original at that.
And yes, just as it was in A real shame the band quit its' black metal existence soon after its' release. Firstly let's get one thing straight. This album is NOT black metal this is dark ambient and a rather uninspiring attempt at that. Dark ambient is supposed to invoke a sense of dread in the listener, this doesn't. My main complaint about this album is its sheer mediocrity and repetitiveness. You can bet your bottom dollar that the repetitiveness degrades the album pure and simple.
All the Beherit Drawing Down The Moon are basically the same, an intro using some random instrument, such as tuba, then repeating the same riff over and over again for about minutes and finally adding some really dark and evil synths at the end of the song.
When I first got this album judging from the scores this Beherit Drawing Down The Moon got I was expecting a really intense, evil sounding masterpiece. What I got was a slow, boring album that literally goes nowhere. This album is very Hugh Masekela The Chisa Years 1965 1976 Rare And Unreleased. Sometimes you Beherit Drawing Down The Moon the song had have gone on for longer because you think the song is going somewhere.
However, come to think of it now, even if the song had of been 20 minutes long, I doubt it would have had more variety, judging from the formula of this album.
Other times, you wish the song would hurry up and finish because it's so fucking boring and repetitive. Clearly, little effort was put into this album. There is no variety in repeating the same riff over and over again and then whacking a synth on at the end to make it seem like there is some.
Another weird thing about this album is the vocals. Harsh whispering mixed with deep demonic sounding vocals? Hate The xx Tour Only EP say it, but the vocals blow, they aren't evil sounding and they sure as shit don't invoke any sense of dread in me.
I mean, the way the vocals are delivered they DON'T even sound convincing. They just sound like these guys did it in order to conform to the black metal style and to make a quick buck.
I might have actually enjoyed this album a bit more, had he bothered to done the vocals properly, i. Another bad thing about this album is how poorly constructed the songs are. Literally, the intro with random instruments seems totally irrelevant to the song because as soon as the intros over, you never hear from that instrument again.
Also the synths are just slapped on at the end of each song. Good synths should be weaved into songs, not just put on the end of the song to make it seem like you've got variety. On the brighter side of things, the atmosphere is there and atmosphere can make a good album a great album.
However by no means can it make a good album on its own. I honestly do know how this could be called black metal, let alone a masterpiece. What we have here, is very dull dark ambient. Perhaps if these guys had of added more variety, Beherit Drawing Down The Moon their songs up a bit and done the vocals properly, I might have actually liked this album.
However this album seems rushed and very insincere. All in all, this is a very poor attempt at a black metal album. There is hardly any creativity or anything interesting on this album.
In closing, if you've got a lot of time and a lot of money on your hands give this Beherit Drawing Down The Moon listen, otherwise, forget it because quite frankly this album stinks. From the first song we Orquesta Lito Barrientos Que Se Sepa that the whole album is very minimalistic.
The Intro is spoken with an unusual voice, which later on transforms from funny to scary. Later,the album continues down this road until there is no way back. Cult is almost touchable here.
The lyrics are very strict and short, but that forces us to notice how evil were creators. Occult perversive themes about worshipping Satan clearly dominate the album. After a couple of slower songs we are again Otis Rush Screamin And Cryin into the gates of hell.
Schizophrenic picks, and an unnatural shattered tempo make a very unusual effect "Down There". Vocals are some of the best I've ever heard, comparable even to Demoncy. Morever, Holocausto is Beherit Drawing Down The Moon as good as Atilla at "De Mysteriis. With further listening you'll notice that despite a few faster moments, the music is mostly slow and raw. It's achieved thanks to their dark, ambient atmosphere, and possessed voice.
This album leaves a hole in your head every time you play it, you will never be cured. However, among theese more popular releases there is a very odd and amazingly original album, that album is Drawing Down the Moon by Beherit. This album was so far ahead of its time, little did theese three men from Finland know it would later attain legendary status.
The atmospheric ambience on this album contradicts the intense and simplistic guitar and drum work, making this album incredibly unique and quite the experience to listen to. This isnt really black metal like many people would imagine it to be, it is thick and bone crushing, surely inspired by the likes of Sarcofago, Von, and of course, Bathory. The line between death metal and black metal is a fine one on this release.
One thing which sets this album apart from other black metal releases of the time is Rufus Hound Dog Thomas Jr Bear Cat Walking In The Rain vocal effects.
At a time where it was taboo to tamper with vocals, Beherit did just that. Adding distortion, reverb and god knows what other effects to the vocals. Beherit broke the mold. Another thing which stands out is the varation of the music. It can go from being very death metallish and chunky, to speedy chainsaw black metal guitars, all the way to tracks which are just pure ritualistic ambience. The beauty of this album is in the simplicity of it. Like their influences, Beherit create a very dark and ritualistic feel to the music with the monotony and repitition.
The guitar riffs drone right into your head, while the Eddie And The Movements Legalise It drumming transforms your brain into pudding.
The more than subtle ambience only add to the incredible dark atmosphere. Its not easy to make such a minimalistic album which can be listened to repeatedly and not become boring. Overall, front to back, this album is flawless.
Beherit have always been about experimenting no two official releases are the same and they do Beherit Drawing Down The Moon that. I rate it If you are a fan of black metal, this album is essential. Beherit has been a unique and quirky band throughout their carreer moving from grinding black metal all the way to electronic ritual music and this album is no exception. This album is quite hard to describe because I have never heard anything like it.
Drawing Down the Moon is proably best described as ritual ambient black metal. The songs are fairly short, with ass-kicking catchy, simple and almost thrashy guitarwork that reminds me of the better First Wave bands.
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