Rating:
7.2
Gothmog - A Step In The Dark
2009


01. Eternal Hate
02. The Awakening Of Lord Strigoi
03. Raging Spiritual Ecstasy
04. Nostalgia Of Heaven
05. Spirit Of Nature
06. Wandering Viking
07. Death Of A Warrior
08. Ghosts Of Ancient Days
09. Art Of War
10. Downwards The Hades Of The Soul


Two or three years ago, it was a trend to play melodic Black Metal but as you know trends are trends and one day without any warning a lot of bands just disappear or change their music. At least some of them still believe in what they do and Gothmog which started its career in 2005 finally releases its first album "A Step In The Dark" this year. Even if the band is labeled as a Black Metal combo, you won't see anything "true" here but if you like Dimmu Borgir and melodic extreme bands I recommend to you this release. "A Step In The Dark" is a good album in the genre!

Gothmog is one of the characters of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy and like Dimmu Borgir our guys use to play some kind of epic and melodic Black Metal. The music featured on the album is direct, catchy on a side and even technical with some cool guitars soli. We even have some really good epic choruses on some tracks. All in all "A Step In The Dark" is definitely not a bad album but I don't know why, something is missing. I'm talking about a good dark ambiance which must be on each Black Metal albums. The songs are just nice, there is nothing scary here and it's a shame. I just think that Gothmog just didn't find the way to do a real separation between Heavy Metal and Black Metal. The band will have to do something to fix this point in the future…

Two of the members of the combo play in Cain's Destiny (a young Spanish band of melodic Power Metal) and they give a real technicality to Gothmog music. Sure the purists will say that real Black Metal doesn't need any guitar soli but at least the other ones (like the COB fans) who want extreme music with real technical guitar parts will be happy. The singer has a good Black Metal voice and the drummer is more than convincing so with its good recording, "A Step In The Dark" doesn't suffer of any real problem. As you know I only regret the lack of dark atmosphere in this release. This is a bit too nice for me, to "heavy" in the genre…

Of course if you're into classic Black Metal and just can't stand bands which play something "melodic", I'm sorry to tell you (but you probably don't care anyway) that "A Step In The Dark" will not be for you. Being aware of this fact, other people know at least that this release is more than honest in the category of the "cool" Black Metal releases. The technical level of the musicians is really good, the songs are catchy, and really this is a good album which simply misses of a good oppressing and dark general ambiance. If the band can become a bit naughtier in the future, it will simply work. Wait and see but Gothmog is a promising combo at least!

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Production: 8


Band profile: Gothmog
Album: A Step In The Dark


 


written by Jeff | 21.02.2009



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Metal Maiden - 21.02.2009 at 19:31  
Hey Jeff, that's one interesting review and all, I really think I might check these guys out, but it's just...there's a slight difference in the band's name spelling, which might make it a little difficult to actually dig 'em up, you know In the title, it's written Ghotmog, later on it's Gothmog, and in the very end, it's Gothemog... So, which one's correct...
Jeff - 21.02.2009 at 20:05  
Of course this is Gothmog

It's fixed
Metal Maiden - 26.02.2009 at 03:52  
Indeed they are Jeff, but they are one more thing for sure - amazing!!!I checked the guys out, and they simply kick ass, just the way I like my black metal, hehe... Some aspects of their music remind me of the rawness of Sammath Naur - another great band I found about thanks to one of your reviews, Jeff...Keep up the good work...

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