Monday, October 31, 2011

Mental Home/Black Art/The End Records/1998 CD Review

Mental Home are a band from Russia that plays an atmospheric form of dark Doom metal that has some black metal influences and this is a review of their classic 1998 album "Black Art" which was released by The End Records.

Drums are mostly slow to midpaced drumming with some ocassional fast playing and little to no blast beats, while the keyboards are very dark and atmospheric sounding, as for the bass playing it follows the riffs coming out of the guitars and they have a very powerful sound at times.

Rhythm guitars are mostly slow to midpaced melodic doom/death riffs, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding guitar solos that have a very dark and evil feel to them that captures memories of the pagan ancestors and there is a small amount of acoustic and classical guitars being used at times and they have a feeling of meloncholy.

Vocals are a mixture of black metal screams, deep death metal metal growls, clean singing and a small amount of female vocals, while the lyrics touch on Slavic paganism, as for the production on this recording it has a very professional sound and you can hear all of the instruments that are present on this album.

In my opinion Mental home wher a very talented band for their time and if you are fan of atmospheric doom/death with a black metal edge you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Under The Wing (Of Gamayan" "Pagan Freedom" and "Winter Art". RECOMMENDED BUY.

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