1349 @ Revelations of the Black Flame Review

Revelations of the Black Flame
Candlelight Records

Overview: In essence, disclosure can have a bittersweet effect for a given subject, provided that no one grasps information in similar fashion. Hence, Revelations of the Black Flame might be a good example to attest said notion (as far as a record is concerned).
Comprised of eight original songs and a rather impenetrable cover of Pink Floyd’s Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun, the album could be divided in two musical segments: experimental Dark Ambient and Extreme Metal. While the former is featuring somewhat inconsistent and wavering soundscapes in its alluring darkness, the latter follows accordingly as it features a rather soporific and dated mixture of Black and Doom Metal. However, there’s still an exception to the norm with the gripping Maggot Fetus… Teeth Like Thorns‘ track, a song that may be old-fashioned in structure but remarkably daring in rendition.

Production: Fairly impenetrable and reasonably tight, yet sounding slightly hollow on occasion.

Parting Thoughts: With all the required ingredients to become a visionary work, Revelations of the Black Flame turned out to be excessively epicurean in style: while it blurs our senses with its subjective extravagance, it simultaneously defies our spirit with expectable results – and sadly, not even the guidance of producer Tom Gabriel Fischer (of Celtic Frost’s fame) was worth the effort.

Candlelight Records

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