Burial Hordes
"Devotion to Unholy Creed"

(Pulverised Records 2008)Burial Hordes - Devotion to Unholy Creed

You can get away with a lot playing in a black metal band. You don’t really need to play guitar all that well, as long as you can come up with some half-decent riffs and sick tones. The drums don’t need to be spot-on, if they’re close to being in time than that’s usually OK. Vocals? Please. A sufficiently filthy rasp will get you through just fine. And if you don’t have any money for production value, no problem. An awful sounding record will actually get you more cred among purists (read: forum-trolling nerds). Having said all that, the latest from Greek blackhearts Burial Hordes still manages to underwhelm in a most unholy manner.

Look, this isn’t terrible, really. But boy, can this type of black metal get to be a chore to listen to, especially a full album’s worth. Burial Hordes know their formula, and they sure as hell stick to it. This is almost like one thirty-seven minute satanic spasm, with song breaks stuck in there for kicks. If an endless maelstrom of murky guitars, front to back hurricane blasts of drums, and demonic rasp vocals are your thing, than step right up. If you’re in the mood for literally anything else, “Devotion to Unholy Creed” won’t be your brand of barbeque sauce.

Ten gets you twenty that the web warriors are drooling in their Corn Flakes™ over this album. For them, “kvlt” or “troo” black metal always equates to “good” black metal. But that’s not the case when it comes to “Devotion to Unholy Creed.” Burial Hordes will satisfy the hunger for raw old-school blackness, but for a more fulfilling experience, this album comes up wanting.

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