Farsot - IIII review
|Release date:||October 2007|
01. Thematik: Hass
02. Hass - Angst
03. Thematik: Angst
04. Angst - Tod
05. Thematik: Tod
06. Tod - Trauer
07. Thematik: Trauer
Farsot is a German five-headed Black Metal monster that spawned into this wicked world in 1999 AD. After eight years of sweat and blood and two demos (which are unknown to me), they have finally released their début album "IIII." No, that's not a spelling mistake and yes, that should have been "IV" if they are intended to be Roman characters. It seems to be some sort of tradition of this band to name their music and members with random codes. Their first demo bears the name of "042103Freitod" and one of the band members calls himself 10.XIXt (the vocalist).
Despite all this, the music is hardly as unique as the aforementioned examples. Farsot offers a dark and slightly sad form of well produced Black Metal, with some hints of ambient (the interludes) and acoustic guitars. The problem with this band is that the music itself isn't all that bad: a good riff here and a cold scream there; it just does not "last" long enough. As soon as I've turned off the album I have already forgotten what I just heard. Don't get me wrong, the music itself is rather enjoyable when listening to it, but it doesn't nestle itself in side my head like music should.
Luckily, there is one track that saves this album the grey and misty fields of the average. Taking up roughly half of the album, Themathik: Trauer, contains everything that was good about the previous tracks and a bit more. Strongly relying on Shining with it's dark riffs, the acoustic guitars and the vocals this is easily the best song of the album. It doesn't touch the maniacal madness of the Swedish band, but it is a good attempt.
One could argue whether originality is important, and too which degree. However, doing so will get you nowhere. It is better to state the facts and they are 'IIII' is indeed a pretty strong album, especially for Black Metal fans. I aim my thoughts to the future and will keep track of this band, because they already show a good deal of potential.
||Written on 04.11.2007 by If you're interested in extreme, often emotional and underground music, check out my reviews. I retired from reviewing, but I really used to be into that stuff.|
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