Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Black Houses - Demo

'Demo'
Black Houses
2014

Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s: Blackened Sludge Metal, Atmospheric Black Metal
For Fans Of: Lord Mantis, Dragged Into Sunlight, Coffinworm, Wolvhammer, Nachtmystium

Rochester, New York band Black Houses originally caught my attention because of their Sisters of Mercy cover and I was stricken by the overall post punk-ish approach to atmospheric black metal that I've never quite seen before. It actually worked extremely well alongside the sludge metal aspects of the demo as well because of their transitioning between segments of frantically deep, heavy bass to light, melodic guitar riffs which worked beautifully on tracks such as "d'Hiver". Black Houses have a flair for variety in their songs and go about it in a great way, despite its extremely grimy, lo-fi vocals reminiscent of classic black metal bands such as Burzum and Hades Almighty, as well as its melancholy bass-driven groove, the demo has a weird sense of calm to it largely due to its periods of slow, somewhat uplifting melody. This is still one seriously dark and abysmal demo though, don't get me wrong- the nearly ten minute whopper of a track "Endless Melancholia" is definitely a testament to that seeing as it lives up to its name pretty well. Black Houses have certainly got a signature image and sound under their belt from the get-go and I'm extremely excited to see what else they'll come up with if this is just their first demo.


TRACKLISTING:
1. Nightmarish Apparitions
2. d'Hiver
3. Endless Melancholia
4. When You Don't See Me (originally by Sisters of Mercy)

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