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Beatrik : Requiem Of December

The name Beatrik comes from an old folk tale from the band's local area. It's about a hunter who used two hundred infernal dogs, or hellhounds if you wish, to chase down and kill any and all humans that he could find. Such tales are perfect for those who want an evil related name but who wish to avoid the satanic cliché's that has long plagued the black metal scene. As a bonus they don't have to make any religious connections to anything and can hence focus on making good music.

But as this is a doom metal website you would probably guess that this is a doom/black metal release rather than a pure black metal release. If so then you are indeed correct. This is depressive and bleak music in the vein of early Katatonia. In particular the weeping black metal screams are very alike. When mentioning the similarity in style to the one used by early Katatonia, I should also probably note another (perhaps) coincidental similarity. The name of the album, 'Requiem Of December' is quite similar to the title of Katatonia's doomiest album, 'Dance Of December Souls'.

However this can hardly be called a tribute band or a copycat. While the general atmosphere of the music is very similar, Beatrik has a lot of up-tempo sections and a much more distinct connection to a soundscape of a forest. Because of this you can also draw connections to bands like Agalloch and Woods Of Ypres.

Beatrik used to play pure black metal, but the melancolic and wintery atmosphere is clearly a lot more prominent when played as doom/black. Hence I'm glad the band has moved their music so far in just that direction. Images of a snow-covered forest float through mind as I listen to this. Anyone who finds this particular description to be just the thing for you, should give this CD a chance. It's definitely worth it.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. My Funeral To Come
2. Requiem Of December
3. Eternal Rest
4. The Last Wandering
5. Apollonia's December, 7th 1647
6. Returning After A Death

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes

Visit the Beatrik bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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