Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Metal Briefs: Two by Two by Two . . . . Part Three


Two-song releases are a great way to get to know a band. Two-sentence reviews are all you need to make that commitment.

Persekutor: Power Frost (2013)
2 out of 5 stars

Persekutor was presented as the most awesome and trve underground black metal possible. Despite a pretty cool riff on "The Twitching Hour," I'm not convinced it isn't a practical joke from Brendon Small.

Barbelith: Untitled 7" (2014)
4 out of 5 stars

Barbelith strikes a nice balance with one of the stronger blends of black metal and shoegaze with tortured vocals. I almost wanted to guess they were from San Francisco, but that other influence I hear must be DC-area hardcore.

Fragile Branch

Being: II: Nyx (2013)
3.5 out of 5 stars

Marginally, Being is a black metal band, but most of their 19 minutes is spent in a dark ballad kind of mood with passable clean vocals. Still, it isn't bad.

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