Metal Insider contributor Anthony Maisano is listening to a different metal album that was released on that day every day this year. Today, it’s the black metal group Beherit’s Engram, which was released on April 9th, 2009.
The riffs on this album are just great. They’re brooding, and so heavy. “Pagan Moon” is a great example of just how solid the riffs are. They are headbanging riffs for sure. The production on the album is ultra heavy, too. It’s not my favorite kind of production, but it certainly drives home the heaviness of the album. The fact that there’s a seven and a 15-minute song on the album shows that these guys put a lot of thought into it. I don’t know much straightforward black metal with such long songs like that.
The vocals on this album are just terrible. The singer sounds like he’s trying to whisper his growls into the microphone. For such a heavy album, the singer should be huge, and angry-sounded too, but instead he’s entirely quiet and collected. The drums end up getting really buried in the back to, whenever the tracks pick up in speed. The hi-hat is the only thing you can really hear well in these cases.
Favorite Tracks: “Pagan Moon,” “Suck My Blood,” “Axiom Heroine.”
This is far from the worst black metal release I have ever heard, but it is also far from the best. The only way I can really recommend this album is if you’re a BIG fan of black metal. If it’s one of your favorite subgenres, then you may enjoy this album, but for anyone else, you can find WAY better examples of great black metal than this album. Give it a try if you like the genre, but other than that, there’s probably not much for you here.