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Beneath The Frozen Soil : The First Wreath

Within the metal community, Sweden is mostly known for its strong death metal acts. During the last several years, there has been a lot of equally strong doom/death acts appearing there. Beneath The Frozen Soil is one of them. With them they bring a fresh stream of ideas to a crowded genre.

What is most unique about these guys is the fact that they have two vocalists. One of them does dark yet majestic death metal grunts. The other one does black metal screams. When they combine forces they bring the music over the top and into slow yet pure aggression. I guess it can best be described as really malevolent.

Musically they rely on firm riffage with a pushy attitude, something that isn't very normal within the genre. Another interesting thing is the use of a cello in some of the tracks. While cellos are normally soothing and sombre, they have found a way to adapt it to their music.

While the lyrics obviously originate in depression and betrayal, they don't have any notable feeling of sadness in the music. Instead it's all about the searing pain inside the soul. In fact, it portrays that feeling so strongly that it almost feels like they have made it a bit too extreme to be recognizable for most who have felt that pain.

I would say that this is recommended listening for fans of bands such as My Shameful, Ningizzia, and Runemagick. They indeed do have a lot of similarities in both their aura and ways of music. Still I think this is quite original stuff. Just make sure that if you want a copy, go get it now as there will only be 123 copies made.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Prelude
2. The Wretched Of This Afterbirth
3. The Time Is Now
4. Signs Of That Grim Malady

Duration : Approx. 20 minutes

Visit the Beneath The Frozen Soil bandpage.

Reviewed on 28-09-2007 by Arnstein Petersen
Hate Your Guts Records
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