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Sjenovik : Circle1

This US two piece project, play extreme music with a certain darkness to it. The two first tracks, together covering only the first nine minutes, have two main streams of influence. One one hand you have the up-paced mixture of death and black metal, creating a bleak yet pounding meat-grinder. On the other you find a doomier and slower version of this, something that brings out the heaviness of a sledgehammer. This might sound out of the ordinary, but frankly I find this to sound quite familiar nonetheless. In fact those tracks sound very stereotypically black metal underground; if you've heard one then you've probably heard this too.

'In the Tomb of Sleeping Children' is a twenty minute long industrial/dark ambient track with some tribal drums towards the end. It's basically a humming noise, which is all that appears on the front of the music. Far into the background you can also hear some samples of voices and a few odd bits of electronica. There might be a point to this, perhaps relating to the memories of these dead children, but other than as an artistic expression this has no real musical value. I like the tribal drums though. Too bad they only last the final five minutes of the track.

What this means is that, although 'Circle1' has some of the nicest artwork (well on the CD, inlay and backside at least) and most professional look on any CDr I've encountered, the music doesn't really reach very far. If you like obscure, underground black metal, then you might consider having a peek at this. If not, then I don't consider this to be worth it.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
I. Of Great Antiquity
II. Minos
III. In the Tomb of Sleeping Children

Duration : Approx. 29 minutes.

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Reviewed on 19-06-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
Hate Your Guts Records
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