Release DetailsLABEL Hammerheart
RELEASED ON 9/3/2002
In Times Before the Light
posted on 9/2002 By:
I should start this review by stating: this is not a new release from The Kovenant. It is a re-release of the band's debut LP. This isn't just you're typical re-release though, the band has gone through and remixed and remastered the album, and included all new artwork. I have never heard the original recording, but I have to say that this one sounds flawless. For those of you unfamiliar with The Kovenant's work, they are an experimental black metal band. This is electronic down to the bone, even the vokills are distorted electronically. Some say this isn't "true" black metal, but hell, I could care less. The Kovenant seems to be years ahead of their time. I could totally picture black metal following this direction in about four or five years from now. Lex Icon (also known as Nagash of Dimmu Borgir fame) handles the drums and vokills. The drums maintain a pretty average speed through out the album although there are some double kicks to be found too, nothing really outstanding though. His vokills are quite distinct, mainly because of the distortion added to them. Normally I don't like this, but with an album so electronic, you can't really complain about it, it pretty much helps emit the feel of the album. Psy Coma handles the guitars, keyboards and programming. The guitars are never really standout here, sometimes there's hardly any guitar at all. He does a cool job on the keyboards with some really cool piano verses. The programming is pretty good too. I don't listen to too much electronic music, but he sure as hell seems to know what he's doing with that stuff. The lyrics are really cool. There are some that are really poetic, in a black metal sort of way. As I mentioned above, I haven't heard the original version of the album, but this one has top notch recording. It often leaves you feeling like you're traveling through in astral plain, which I believe is what these guys are shooting for. When it comes down to it, this is a pretty cool album; although I prefer Nexus Polaris a bit more. Unless you think the only "true" form of black metal is when the band wears oversized gauntlets and all their albums sound like they were recorded in a rest-stop bathroom, go check these guys out. I tend to not be much of a fan of electronic music, but I have to say I do dig The Kovenant.
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