As far as newer black metal bands are concerned, 1349
was considered one of Norway
's rising stars among this new scene. Notice how I said "was" and not "is", this is because their new album is atrocious, especially when compared to their older works such as Beyond the Apocalypse
, and Hellfire
which were some of the first albums that really got me into Norwegian Black metal.
Revelations of the Black Flame
's version of Volcano
... remember that horrible attempt at a sell-out? This album has all that and more... incredibly long songs that never really pick up speed, along with vocals that are almost laughable in parts, and a production value that sounds Mainstream-ish.
If you're looking for proof of their change in sound on this new album, you only need to listen to any song from any of their previous albums and compare it to a song off this new release. Tracks like "Maggot Fetus - Teeth Like Thorns
" and "Set The Controls For The Heart
Of The Sun" both make no sense whatsoever, and are just plain boring.
There's no two ways about this album, it's just plain bad. True
Norwegian Black Metal
fans will, without a doubt, be disappointed by Revelations of the Black Flame