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Black Magician : Nature Is the Devil's Church

Even if everything screams “hype” in Black Magician, the music displayed on this debut would tend to prove you wrong.

Occult 70s Rock leaning towards Traditional Doom Metal! OMG!

Yes, sure, we’ve heard that a thousand times before since it has lately become the next craze in Metal. Those who once rose above left their home fearless of neither the nuclear blast nor the metal blade while certainly not ignoring the future promises of the candlelight.

Can Black Magician actually really “rise above” this tepid sea of mediocrity that most if not all praise as the next best thing after Black Sabbath? Are they just here to feed the ever demanding hype? Some of us, including me, may have some reasonable doubts. The pics of the guys might let you think they’d just escape the watchful eye of Lord Summerisle… You know, somewhere in Scotland…Oh and limited to 300 copies on red blood vinyl they say… OK, but still available on CD elsewhere. Thank God.

Enough blabber though, because even if everything screams “hype” in Black Magician, the music displayed on this debut, Nature Is The Devil’s Church, would tend to prove me wrong. Yes, it is indeed occult 70s rock but Black Magician is a bit more than that.

Past the short intro, the album starts off with Doom Metal of very ritualistic nature. Forget about those guys’ look, forget even the Hammond organ which may lead you astray. We’ve got more here than meets the eye and certainly you weren’t expecting a Deep Purple tribute. Indeed, even though looks may be deceiving, one of the very first names that may well resonate when playing ‘Full Plain I See (…)’ could be Runemagick. Sure, there's no unintelligible growls as in the music of the Swedes but this almost Celtic Frost-vibe of everlasting rites will penetrate you deeply.

And rather than correlating Hammond with Jon Lord, think more southward. Think Jacula. Think Italian Doom: it is indeed basically the way Black Magician make use of the organ that conjures up the occult feel of the Italian Horror Metal scene. If you’re going to add to this the fact that singer Liam Yates is a perfect rip-off (meant in a friendly way) of Dorrian’s best/worst performances, you'll begin to grasp all the potential this band may offer.

Forming some kind of psychedelic trinity-like bond between Runemagick, Jacula and Cathedral, Black Magician transcends where others descend. I am glad that such a band can still be signed today but would like to mention that other similar bands are still out there waiting to be signed. Because if I were to compare Black Magician to any other active bands with a similar feel I would think Lavagoat from Canada and Inferno XII from Sweden. So there is hope, and quality, amidst the tasteless bands we’re being served on an everyday basis which labels sell us off as caviar... while they taste like shit.

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Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Foolish Fire
2. Full Plain I See, The Devil Knows How To Row
3. Four Thieves Vinegar
4. Ghost Worship
5. Chattox

Duration : Approx: 43 minutes

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Reviewed on 2012-09-03 by Frederic Cerfvol
Forever Autumn
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