Reviews for Black Metal, Death Metal and some Ambient! The concept behind this site is to do full discography reviews. I will do my best to track down an entire discography to celebrate a band's evolution. I'm pretty strict on sticking to those genres, so please don't request I review something else. I also buy the vast majority of all the things I review and I don't really take promos from labels or demos from bands. If you're worth hearing, I will probably find you.
Monday, December 10, 2012
122 Stab Wounds
122 Stab Wounds - The Deity of Perversion
Head Not Found, 1996
Genre: Black/Death Metal
2. Reign Alive
3. Hunting Humans
4. Hymns of Misery
5. Cathedral of the Pagans
6. The Torture Art
7. Holocaust Breed
8. Divided Thoughts.
9. Reginae Noctiluca
10. The Deity of Perversion
The first and foremost reason for me
getting this album is because I had heard that it held members of Gehenna. Little did I know, it was only a member
featured on Gehenna’s album “Murder.” So
it is not like this person has had a long career with the band, plus it was
also the bassist, whom I am told was not a major writing force on “Murder” since
Sanrabb is in furious control of that group, thus the line-up changes. Just one of the things I have heard about
Gehenna, I have never spoken with Sanrabb personally, but I am told he is
difficult to work with. So naturally,
finally, being a Gehenna fan I sought out this album.
a band found on the Head Not Found record label I find this a very curious
release. Since they were mostly known
for Black Metal releases and this band being from Norway, I was expecting at least
something Black Metal. However, it
sounds more like this band is probably from Sweden, even though they are
not. They have a very old school Death
Metal feel to their compositions. The
guitar tone at times reminds me of early Entombed, but only marginally, because
Entombed is much thicker for tone. 122
Stab Wounds typically uses the thinner guitar tone used for Black Metal music,
so I would venture to say these are a bunch of guys who typically play Black
Metal, but for this decided to play some Death Metal. Also, there is the use of atmospheric
keyboards throughout the album, however, they are not a major aspect of the music
and are only used once in a while, and they do not drive the music in any way, shape, or form. The keyboard intros on
this are some the eeriest things I have heard with a keyboard, I love it. It reminds me of the intro used on one of
Mysticum’s demos, which was very excellent.
The vocal performance is more akin to a mid-range growl instead of being
totally high range Black Metal or low range Death Metal. So it adds a good feel to the vocal
performance, however, they are not very varied.
Lyrically the band is not too bad.
I had expected something silly with such a name about murder and death,
when in fact they focus more… well I’m not sure, but they have a more occult
feel to them rather than the general lyrics about death and so on.
Deity of Perversion” overall is a very interesting album.It honestly took me a couple listens to get
into, probably because it was not what I expected.But mostly it is a very good representation
of atmospheric Death Metal in my opinion.So if you are expecting something brutal and highly technical, you will
not find this here.However, I think it
is an interesting approach to Death Metal, which would be the added atmospheric
feel to the music. I certainly have not
heard anything like this yet.