Astarte
Doomed Dark Years


4.5
superb

Review

by Hawks USER (70 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2008 | 32 replies | 7,953 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Doomed Dark Years is the first full length album by the Greek black metal band Astarte. Astarte is made up of four members. They are Tristessa, Kinthia, Nemesis, and Ice, all females. Thats not something you see everyday in the black metal world. If you're a black metal fan, you might just write this band off just because they are females. If you do, you're missing one of the most underrated black metal albums ever. This album is really the only Astarte album worth listening to, but its a real gem. This is Doomed Dark Years.

When I first listened to this album the first thing I thought of was Transilvanian Hunger by Darkthrone. The reason I though of that is because this album is very minimalistic and very repetitive, but it makes the album that much better. The guitars are nothing special. Most of the time the guitarists play very slow and simple riffs. This album really isn't fast at all. Although the riffs are very simple, they are also really melodic and help create a great black metal atmosphere. The bass is never really heard at all. The drumming on this album reminds me of a much slower and more simple version of Fenriz. Not many blast beats on this album, but the drums definitely help keep the slow, simple pace of the album. There are also some folk instruments mixed in on this album. You can hear a flute playing more than once throughout the album.

I think the vocals deserve their own paragraph because they are absolutely amazing. Tristessa aka Lady Lilith shows off one of the best vocal performances I have ever heard on a black metal album. I think the fact that she is a girl helps her in this case because it helps her pull off the high pitched shriek that she does even better. To me, she kind of sounds like a mix between Knjaz Varggoth from Nokturnal Mortum and Sakis Tolis from Rotting Christ. She has the raspy edge like Sakis, but also the high pitched voice like Knjaz. When they are mixed it sounds amazing. Her first scream at the beginning of The Rise of Metropolis is absolutely amazing and that song has become one of my favorites in black metal.

Basically, this album is amazing. Very simple and very slow, but the atmosphere is amazing and thats really the number one thing you try to accomplish when making a black metal album. If you are a fan of bands like Nokturnal Mortum, Rotting Christ, or earlier Darkthrone albums you definitely should check this out because it is a great mix of the more grim and raw side of black metal, but also the symphonic side. This is an extremely underrated black metal album that needs to be heard by black metal fans everywhere. Like I said earlier, this is really the only album worth checking out from Astarte. In more recent albums they make a move towards melodic death metal mixed with a little bit of black metal.



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BallsToTheWall
June 3rd 2008



44164 Comments


I thought this was the black metal trio with chicks but man they've been around longer than I thought. Short but decent review. I'll check out their latest album first. And another all girl group is Gallhammer from Japan who is pretty brutal.

SCREAM!
June 3rd 2008



10025 Comments


Paragraph about instruments turned me off a bit but the vocalist sounds interesting so i guess i'll give this band a listen

Digging: Old Witch - Come Mourning Come

Shattered_Future
June 3rd 2008



1540 Comments


I wouldn't write this band off because they're all females. I'd write them off because their music is really lame.

Hawks
June 3rd 2008



35463 Comments

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Gallhammer is alright Balls. Not even close to as good as this band was though. Too bad this is the only good album. I wish they would've stuck with this style.

Digging: Sun Worship - Elder Giants

foreverendeared
June 3rd 2008



14678 Comments


good review. i don't listen to too many black metal bands but i listen to enough black metal to check this out

Hawks
June 3rd 2008



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Thanks. Yeah this band is (was) good. If you like some of the classic black metal albums such as Transilvanian Hunger or In the Nightside Eclipse, you will probably enjoy this. Vocals are amazing.

foreverendeared
June 3rd 2008



14678 Comments


i'll be checking it out then. thanks

Hawks
June 3rd 2008



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No problem.

Dethtrasher
June 4th 2008



2211 Comments


Is this band even comparable to Forgotten Tomb (musically) or is it more directed towards the Norwegian type of black metal?

Hawks
June 4th 2008



35463 Comments

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I've only heard a couple songs from Forgotten Tomb, but they are kind of similar. They arent really as doom-like as Forgotten Tomb though. This album is more along the lines of the black/folk metal style. They are most similar to Nokturnal Mortum only not as fast.

Dethtrasher
June 5th 2008



2211 Comments


Sounds interesting, I will definitely look for this album.

Hawks
September 27th 2009



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Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Listening to this right now for the first time in a really fucking long time. Still love this album. Too bad this band kind of sucks ass now.

Willie
Moderator
September 27th 2009



15903 Comments


I've only heard their new one, but I liked it. The vocals are kind of weak, but the music is good. It should appeal to the
CoF/Dimmu crowd.

Hawks
September 27th 2009



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I don't know man. I mean you know I love Cradle and Dimmu and I think their new stuff kind of sucks. This album is more for people who like early Darkthrone or early Ulver or stuff like that.

Willie
Moderator
September 27th 2009



15903 Comments


I've only heard their new stuff, but I liked the riffs. I wouldn't like this if it's for those that like early Darkthrone.

Hawks
September 27th 2009



35463 Comments

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Well I mean you could still like it. This isn't really a Darkthrone clone or anything. This still has some melody to it and it's not as repetitive, but it still has a Darkthrone feel to it.

MagnetaMorning
December 5th 2009



62 Comments


Definitely was not foreseeing this kicking ass. Rarely now days do I sit through an entire album on the first listen.

Hawks
February 1st 2010



35463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Missed that last comment, but that's great dude. This is definitely an amazing album that more people on this site need to hear. Indomitable, Balls, Crysis, Zoo if you guys see this and you don't have this album yet I highly recommend you check it out.

TheSpirit
February 1st 2010



17651 Comments


downloading now

Digging: Venus Star - Nigredo Expulsion

Hawks
February 1st 2010



35463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Nice! This is the only album really worth getting from them. They pretty much went downhill after this.



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