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REV 16:8
ASHLANDS
AFM

Swedish black metal trio Rev 16:8 expose their dastardly disposition on the 10-track release ASHLANDS. Brazen with a grandiose percussive presence blaring blast beat drums and diabolical tremolo picking galore (“Ashlands”), this collection of nefarious tunes breaks little new ground in the world of velocity-driven hate fueled metal (“Rust Retinal Vein”), stringently following the template laid down by the likes of Marduk and Dark Funeral with little deviation. Despite their unoriginality, Rev 16:8 produces a convincing eerie vibe, hurling fierce slabs of evil with a noticeably versatile vocal performance (“The Chase”) keeping the mood ominous and the atmosphere foreboding throughout even when the compositions run out of steam.
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- Mike SOS