"Draumr Ast" (Nordvis.; 2014)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Bhleg (which is Swedish for "To Shine") are black metal. This band is a duo and they have created a timeless classic: nine tracks of black metal and darkness abundant. The first track, entitled "Solkronan," starts off the disc in traditional black metal fashion. The second track begins the decent into an atmospheric journey that breathes deep breaths interlaced with slow and blackened guitar riffs.

I know that listening to black metal through headphones probably goes against their mantra. Unfortunately, I won't be able to see them live since they don't tour but I can inoculate myself with their sound and I will say that I can hear (and feel) their music on a deeper level when the atmosphere is attempted. The vocals are grinded and sometimes down tuned so that no clean singing can be heard. The guitar crushes away at your senses so you become dull and unresponsive.

The acoustic guitar on "Draumr Ast" is creepy because you know it's just a warning bell for the doves to die and the crows to arrive at the feast of your ruins. Track number 5, entitled "Brunnens hjarta" has some deep spoken words to start the track; it's part of the unique sound that makes this black metal offering so interesting.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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