Monday, February 11, 2013

Von/Dark Gods: Seven Billion Slaves/Von Records 2013 CD Review


  Von a re  a  band  from  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  the  musical style  on  this  recording  being  black/death  metal  with  some  experimental  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Dark  Gods:  Seven  Billion  Slaves"  which  was  released  by  Von  Records  and  is  the  first  in  a  3  part  trilogy.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced   to  fast  playing  with  some  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars range  from s low  to  mid  paced  black/death  metal  riffs  that  utilize  some  experimental  elements  and  dark  sounding  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  while  still  retaining  some r aw  and  primitive  elements, while the  lead  guitars  are  very  dark  sounding b lack  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  all  deep  black/death  metal  growls  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Darkness,  and  Occultism,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  while  this  is  a  great  recording  from  Von  some  people  might  not  be  into the  progression  but  the  open  minded  fans  of  this  band  and  people  looking  for  something  different  should  enjoy t his  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hands  Of  The  Black  Death"  "Dark  Gods"  "DevilWhore"  and  "RawRot".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

  

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