Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Ofermod/Tiamtu/AjnaOffense/2008

Ofermod are a 2 piece band hailing from Sweden and I would describe their music asOrthodox Religious black/death metal and this is a review of their newest release "Tiamtu".

Drums on this recording are mostly slow drum beats that give the music a dark and deadly edge and there are some ocassional fast parts that utilize some very harsh blast beats, while the bass playing is really dark sounding in the mix and utilizes alot of rhythm and a decent measure of slow and fast riffs.

Guitars are mostly rhythms that are very slow sounding and has a very melodic tone with some fast riffs that are very menacing and there was not many guitar leads and on the last song there was an intro that utilized a classical guitar, while the vocals are in the vein of early 90's Swedish black metal and they are a mixture of high and low pitched screams with some ocasional clean singing.

Production on this cd which was recorded at Endarker Studio during the months of April and May in the year of 2008 sounds very proffesional and you can hear all of the music instruments as well as the vocals.

Lyrics on this album are written about a variety of different occult topics from the Sumerian gods and godesses, the darker side of the Hebrew Cabbala, Egyptian philosophies,Aliester Crowley and this is probably the most intellegent lyrics I have ever seen on the Left Hand Path on a black metal cd and I have been looking for this in a long time as a follower of the LHP myself.

In my opinion this a great cd one of the best releases from the year of 2008 and I would like to get there older albums and I look forward to newer material, I am never let down when a hear black metal albums from the Ajna offensive and Norma Evangelium Diaboli who both worked together to put out this unholy masterpiece. If you are a fan of 90's era Swedish black metal with a more Left Hand approach pick up this album you will not be disapointed. Standout tracksinclude "Pralayic Withdrawl" and "Eu Angelion". HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

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