BLACK METAL | WELLINGTON/NEW ZEALAND & EDINBURGH/UK
RELEASED IN 2012 BY TODESTRIEB RECORDS
Although originally from the other side of the world in New Zealand, Atmospheric Black Metal band BARSHASKETH now hail from the beautiful and historic Scottish capitol of Edinburgh! ‘Sitra Achra’ marks the bands sophomore full length release and follows up from 2010’s ‘Defying The Bonds of Cosmic Thraldom’, this album in itself a natural progression from two very well received demo releases both in 2009.
From ambient beginnings that wade through the thick soupy gloom to a rich tapestry of guitar woven impenetrable darkness, Barshasketh play Black Metal just how I like it to be played, slow, ominous and full of intensity! Track number II ‘Malaise’ sees Barshasketh increase the pace and the animosity created during their music with fast sporadic blast beats as well as the ever present raw guttural vocals that haunt most of the proceedings! Flicking aggressively between raucous Black Metal insanity and a meatier, more methodical style, Barshasketh try and succeed at keeping their sound fresh and interesting.
The bands songs are intricate for the most part, with grinding segments if vitriolic twilight kept to a maximum! At other times they do unleash the beast as it were and let rip with some crushingly depressive fast paced riff-age! At all times though there is a sense of professionalism about the band, one that has seen them rise from a fledgling Black Metal band into a more battle hardened predator, aware of the pit falls of the scene and ready to tackle all on comers! [7/10 – LUKE HAYHURST]