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Artist:

Varathron

Album:

Crowsreign

Year: 2004
Format: CD
Label: Black Lotus
Genre: [Death Metal/Black Metal/Atmospheric Metal]
Overall Rating: 6.5
Music: 6.5
Production: 7.0


Even though Varathron has been around for quite a while already (formed in 1988), I haven't listened to any of their records in the past. However, this is the best possible situation for a reviewer as he can't know what to expect. Varathron actually carries the status of a cult band (in 1992 they released a split album with Necromantia titled as "Black Arts Lead to Everlasting Sins", which is considered as one of the most legendary releases of the Greek underground scene).

Varathron plays a mixture of black and death metal. Their overall sound is atmospheric as they use a lot of synth parts to create different kinds of soundscapes. Occasional keyboard interludes and acoustic passages bring refreshing changes to their music, which is mostly sinister black metal. Unfortunately Stefan Necroabyssious hasn't got a good voice... Nevertheless, his vocal parts are occasionally very fitting.

Production of Crowsreign took place at Praxis studios. The sounds are quite clean, but the mixing needs work. Although the acoustic guitar, bass and keyboards have been mixed well, the quality of overall mix decreased due to other instruments. Both distorted guitars and drums could have sounded better.

Overall, Varathron's Crowsreign is quite mediocre album. Occasionally it surprises its listener with felicitous melodies and fitting compositions, but on the other hand some of the material is dead in the water.

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- MAGE (07.01.2005)



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LINE-UP:
Necroabyssious, Stefan: Vocals
Bill (Crazy Wizard): Keyboards
Achilleas: Guitars, Bass
Haris: Drums
Producer: Unavailable
Mixing by: Unavailable
Mastering by: Unavailable
TRACKLIST:
Varathron - Crowsreign  CD  Cover Image
01. Evil Gets an Upgrade
02. There Is No God
03. The Grim Palace
04. Darkness Falling
05. Creation of Satan
06. The Sign of Eternal Curse
07. A Vision of Nameless Soul
08. Emersing from the Immortals
09. The King of Asine
10. Spirit of the Tomb
11. Angel of Revenge
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