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INFERNO REQUIEM - Gloomy Night Stories - CD - Hell Ambassador Records - 2007

review by: Mladen Škot

Don't be fooled by the Chinese symbols and oriental drawings. In spite of the quite colorful (to western eyes — or even those from the Balkans), almost kitsch artwork, Gloomy Night Stories is a black metal CD. Hear us? It is as black as it can be. Straight from the blackened depths of Taiwan. Seriously.

Forget the usual talk about eliteness, experience, tradition and whatever excuses and cliches you normally hear from European bands, before they throw another slick-sounding collection of same old chords at you for the millionth time. Inferno Requiem uses, well, the same chords (there are only so many of them), but makes one hell of an enjoyable noise out of them. There are two guitars, playing chords or melodies, and the only member Fog Blashyrkh (now THAT is a name) plays through such a deranged distortion that they sound more like a hissing noise than an instrument.

Although, musically, from a distance, Gloomy Night Stories is reminiscent of Emperor's cold and majestic debut, come closer and you'll feel the sparks flying around you. The sound gets so painful that the difference in the levels of pain will be the only thing to discern the melodies by. That is, if you exaggerate, and once you also hear the drums you'll have to. Real drums, remember that? They have a certain sound in real life, before the studio gimmicks turn them into what you usually hear on albums. On Gloomy Night Stories, there are no tricks, and it feels like there's a big, scary, corpsepainted drummer with spikes all over him right before you, and to your horror the guy occasionally has spasms, shoots in random directions or decides to do his own thing for a while and you don't have the guts to tell him he shouldn't do it that way.

You won't find less than an apocalyptic moment on Gloomy Night Stories. Be it guitars, drums, or vocals, everything is going at it as if it is a matter of life and death. To quote a song title, "Deformed Evil Spirit," the presence of Inferno Requiem is still with us. The next time you buy something and read "Made in Taiwan" on the package you'll think twice about calling it crap. Same music, new madness. This is how to keep the flame burning. (8/10)

 

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