Review Summary: Mediocre symphonic metal.2 of 2 thought this review was well written
First of all, this isn't really black metal on many levels. The only reason it's in the black metal is because it's closest. Ninnghizhidda plays symphonic black/melodic death metal and hail from Germany. Now split up, they released two full length albums. Demigod was the latter of the two, and while it features the occasional engaging section it is overall a very mediocre piece of work.
The album begins with it's strongest tracks, something I don't appreciate a band doing. The songs pretty much drop a lot in quality after the first three tracks (or perhaps you just get bored of the style). Prowling Sin has some interesting parts including fast triplet piano melodies, effect laden lead guitar and interesting lyrics. Interesting isn't good though. Unfortunately this is one of those bands that makes a fool out of itself ridiculing religion and then also discussing dark erotica. Not my sup of tea at all. If the vocals and lyrics were changed up I'd probably bump this up to a 3.5. The synths and guitars are engaging enough (and not repeated to death) so that songs at leasts don't drag on. Parts like the verse of Rape (the Virgin Mary) <--[note bad title, thats what lyrics are like] could indeed be repeated more. but then you also get random *** completely unsuited for this music like the random sounds of a chick moaning and having an orgasm. We get it, it's a rape song you twisted ***s.
The guitars are kinda of grainy and don't have too much punch. Lead guitar has a pretty mid-based sound though it is often heavily modified with effects. Synths are usually strings or piano sounds that carry the songs melody while guitars accompany. Bass is a non factor doing little to distinguish itself in the mix. Vocals are lacking the most here. They are kinda low growled vocals that sound half-assed (I'm being generous here). Some higher and mopre aggressive vocals paired with some double kick and faster tempos would really create variety and interest which this album begins to lack before even reaching half way. Some attempts at variation like Siesta in A Minor (an acoustic piece) would work nicely if they didn't seem awkward and of of place, both in arrangement and in melody.
If you like newer Dimmu Borgir, stuff that is best described as symphonic black metal 9without the black) then you might like this. Otherwise I see no point in picking it up. There is little replay value since consistent mid-tempos drag you through the cd in a rather wretched fashion.
-Some interesting melodies
-Starts out strongg
-Stupid "erotic" undertones