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Review: Whore of Bethlehem – Extinguish the Light

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Whore of Bethlehem will soon release upon the world their latest creation entitled Extinguish the Light. In this album Whore of Bethlehem brings us a tight blend of blackened death metal and brutal death metal. Extinguish the Light dropped on July 15th through Black Market Metal Label

When you listen to blackened death metal it is often very easy to tell what makes the music blackened and what makes it death metal; the same thing applies here. The tell-tale signs of both genres are easy to pick up, but hard to resist. I love how distinct the genre mix is and how easy it is to listen to.

Overtaken by Evil” starts off right into a black metal intro/verse: fast drums, raspy type of evil vocals, tremolo-picking, the works. It’s very heavy and hits hard because of how…solid it is. I’m not quite sure how else to describe the wall of sound coming at you other than solid in a more tangible sense than a more “right on, man’ sense. Of course, as the song goes on it somehow (without you really noticing, might I add) turns into a brutal death metal kind of track with a very slick transition back into the original riff (the initial wall). This is done so well with how slick the transitions are. You really don’t notice it as a transition. You notice it as just a natural part of the song’s life. It just happens. No questions about it.

I enjoy the vocals rather much on Extinguish the Light partially because they remind me heavily of the Black Dahlia Murder and partially because they go with the music well. The vocalist has two styles he switches between and uses for specific purposes: raspier vocals for the blackened sections and a lower style for the rest. I sort of like this decision, but sort of don’t because I am a sucker for high-pitched, raspy vocals over a heavy, fat riff. The fact that he refrains from using that style with the non-blackened material is disappointing for me. Does it take away from the album? Not really.

One of my favorite tracks has to be the title track because of the vocals and the riffs. The vocals use this effect on it that make it sound more like an animal/demon kinda thing. The riffs on every song are pretty heavy and easy to enjoy, so there isn’t much else to explain with that. This track is also one of the few that are more death metal than black metal sounding. Don’t think it doesn’t have its share of blackened sweetness though.

There are solos! They don’t sound terrible either! I find that a lot of death metal bands can’t get a decent tone for their solos and it ruins the whole thing for me. This band doesn’t struggle with that too much. The tone isn’t great in my opinion, but it surely isn’t the usual screechy nuisance I hear often. The tone is a lot more controlled here and sounds pretty decent thankfully. The guitar’s volume doesn’t change during solos either, so nothing else gets drowned out, which I greatly appreciate.

Overall I find this album to be very enjoyable. It is heavy as hell and offers a nice listening experience for fans of these styles. Even if you don’t like black metal at all, I would still recommend listening to this because it is done so well. The songs tend to stick to more blackened sound than anything else, but if that isn’t your cup of tea then I recommend “Ritual Purification,” Extinguish the Light,” and “Ravenous Undead Predators.”

Rate: 8.3/10

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