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The Beast Of The Apocalypse
A Voice From The Four Horns Of The Golden Altar
June 2010
Released: 2009, Transcendental Creations
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: Waspman

After years of being the new underground sensation, black metal isn’t really the shocking force in 2010 that it used to be. It’s basically reached the point that death metal did a decade or more ago where you have two basic camps: those who try and keep the pure essence of black metal alive, playing as necro and “kvlt” as possible, and those who try and take the basics of black metal and create something new out of it. That being said, the Netherlands’ The Beast Of The Apocalypse (TBOTA) somehow falls somewhere in between. As a new band (only formed last year!) they have made great progress extremely quickly to release their debut album already.

As black metal goes, TBOTA tend to the long-drawn out side of things, as the shortest song on the album is seven minutes long. This is not the short black metal assault of a modern-day Darkthrone. That being said, this is far from the suicidal musing of a Xasthur or Forgotten Tomb, this is a furious assault of mystical-flavoured treatises. There is certainly something to be said for the conviction TBOTA infuses their music with, it unfortunately does not translate into an enjoyable or even interesting listening experience. All of the tricks the band uses; the apocalyptic backing keyboards, the droning, filthy riffs, the howled vocals, have all been used to greater effect in the past by more inspiring bands than this. It’s not the album is actively bad, indeed the band get the production and tone just right, but there isn’t anything here that grabs you and forces you to listen. Each song just kind of drones on and creates a little tantrum for itself before petering out. Song writing is a weakness here.

This is a decent start for The Beast Of The Apocalypse, especially considering how new the band is. A VOICE FROM THE FOUR HORNS OF THE GOLDEN ALTAR might be worth a look for those into more arcane black metal, but you can safely pass on this.
Track Listing

1) Etemenaki: Temple of the Foundation of Heaven and Earth
2) The Key to the Bottomless Pit
3) A Voice from the Four Horns of the Golden Altar
4) The Hypothesis of the Archons
5) And They Withdrew Up to Their Heavens
6) Twins of Jesus

Lineup

H.T. Mozes: Guitar, Vocals, Synths, Drums
S. Serpentijn: Bass, Vocals, Synths, Drums


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