Friday, January 03, 2014

Review: Graveborne - Through the Window of the Night

Formed since 2008, Graveborne are a Finnish black metal band that turned heads with their debut full-length release, Pure Negativity, in 2011. The band have become known for their raw aggression both on recording and in live presentations. Now, after being picked up by Séance Records, they have followed up the hype with their sophomore album, Through the Window of the Night. What wicked hymns have the members of Graveborne spun on this bombardment of satanic war metal?

Genre: Black Metal
Release Date: January 20th, 2014
  1. Burn the City of God
  2. Tiesi Päähän
  3. Root of Evil
  4. Misericordia
  5. Into the Abyss
  6. In the End I Find My Beginning
  7. Pyhää Verta
  8. Todkrieg
  9. Men Behind the Sun
Total Playtime: 35 minutes, 43 seconds

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Rating: 5.5/10







Formed since 2008, Graveborne are a Finnish black metal band that turned heads with their debut full-length release, Pure Negativity, in 2011. The band have become known for their raw aggression both on recording and in live presentations. Now, after being picked up by Séance Records, they have followed up the hype with their sophomore album, Through the Window of the Night. What wicked hymns have the members of Graveborne spun on this bombardment of satanic war metal?

It seems as though the majority of recent black metal releases bleed in excess of either one type or another; the first half incorporate too many symphonic ingredients that overburden the main element structures and the second half tends to go on tangents of tedium with tremolo riffs backed by blast beats and fronted with shrill screaming vocals. Through the Window of the Night happens to be the latter in every essence of the mundane style that has been created in the past couple of years by aggressive black metal bands who fear deviation from the typical composure of the genre.

Spikes, studs, bullets, blood, corpse paint, nails... all signs that point to black war metal. When done right this style of metal can infuse the listener with the belief that they themselves can rip men in half without the slightest effort and become infuriated with demonic strength, it will turn a wild pit into a bloody one in a mere instant, it will entice heads to windmill bang frantically until nosebleeds occur. Typically it's all a fast and furious frenzy of chaotic riffs and blast beats, so where does the line begin to be drawn as to what is acceptable and what is not? That's a tough question to answer, but it all lies within presentation. What Graveborne have is the pure aggression and energy that causes this type of black metal to burgeon. They have the members that can pull it off as well, but what they sorely lack is innovation and creativity.


The vocals leave little to be desired in most cases, with few variances being found in "Pyhää Verta" and chanting in "Todkrieg". For the rest of the material the listener will be subjected to the same level of paradigmatic strident black metal vocals from song to song with absolutely no deviation in tone, octave, scale or approach. Rarely do the tracks pull away from drum rolls, blast beats and tremolo riffs; the drums are situated so far into the background of the material that whenever they are not pummeling away to blast beats it's hard to hear just what they may be up to. The guitars are a standard, bland tone that are undefinable from one another for the majority of the content. When the material breaks away from the tried and true riffage that is displayed for the bulk of the album there are some fairly ingenious chords and musical structures to be had; for instance the track "Root of Evil". The entirety of the content comes off very dynamic, yet low grade. This leads one to believe that the gruffness was added in post-recording and was actually recorded in high quality. It sounds very manufactured and falsified.

All in all Through the Window of the Night is yet another album in a long line up of typical modern black metal that leans into one spectrum of excess. The guitars need definable tones, the vocals need to both rest and vary, the bass can come up a few notches and the drums could be pulled closer to the front of the mix to create a truly brutal experience. There's a lot of work that needs to be done to improve Graveborne's next release but with a little modification and originality they can go a long way.

Digital Download Provided by: Suspicious Activities PR

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