1349
Revelations Of the Black Flame


1.5
very poor

Review

by Tyler Munro EMERITUS
May 16th, 2009 | 82 replies | 18,419 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A failure of epic proportions.

Indifference is perhaps the best way to describe my relationship with 1349. I've never been the biggest fan of their blast-happy brand of black metal, but I've never been particularly averse to it either. For that reason I had very little interest in Revelations of the Black Flame. Naturally I figured it would be more of the same: forgettable vocals, loud guitars and incessantly fast drumming. I could have predicted it before the album was announced. Then I got the press release. Scanning through it I saw the album described as “the soundtrack to a twisted David Lynch film” and for a minute I was curious. Then I listened to the album. As they say: curiosity killed the cat.

To put it plainly, Revelations of the Black Flame is a terrible album. Only half of it is music, and only half of that is good. It didn't take long for me to wish for the 1349 of old. It may have been bland but it wasn't....it wasn't this. Much of the album is marred by pointless, meandering tracks such as “Misanthropy” – a track that begins with a piano riff before descending into a blur of incoherent guitar chords and random piano plinking – and “Horns”, which is 3 minutes of wind noises and little else. Even when the band threatens to play an actual song the listener is often left sitting through minutes of throwaway “ambiance” to get there; “Invocation” fills three of its first six minutes with pointless yelping and wind noises and “Serpentine Sibilance” plods around aimlessly for three minutes before wasting its final sixty seconds on a nonsequitur, punk-infused mess. “Maggot Fetus…Teeth Like Thorns” and “Uncreation” are the album's undisputed highlights, the former carrying a heavy retro-thrash influence and the latter a sprawling, mid-paced 7 minute track that surprisingly employs little to no synthesized throwaways. That being said, neither track is particularly enticing, they're just welcome alternatives to what follows: an unnecessary Pink Floyd cover (Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun), three and a half more minutes of disposable “ambiance” (this time in the form of crackles and droning guitars) and “At the Gate...”, 7 minutes of buzzing, whispering and the occasional bout of half-assed Root plagiarism.

Dominated by meandering 'ambiance' and marred by overbearing, noisy production, Revelations of the Black Flame is an album I cannot recommend. The limited potential shown on tracks like “Uncreation” and “Maggot Fetus…Teeth Like Thorns” is squandered away by producer Tom Gabriel Fischer's (of Celtic Frost) propensity to multi-track the vocals to hell, and the album's intended ambiance sounds like someone sat on a keyboard while tuning their guitar and didn't realize the microphones were recording. It doesn't work as a collection of tracks and it certainly doesn't work as a cohesive, complete album. Mostly disposable and extremely forgettable, Revelations of the Black Flame is a failure of epic proportions. And to make matters worse, somebody spilled jam on the cover.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tyler
Emeritus
May 16th 2009



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This isn't out for a couple of weeks, so no need to feature yet, I just really wanted to get this over with and out of the way.

Waior
May 16th 2009



11451 Comments


Maggot Fetus…Teeth Like Thorns... really?



Tyler
Emeritus
May 16th 2009



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

It's 1349. A band who also has a track titled "I Breathe Spears" and a vocalist named "Ravn".

Waior
May 16th 2009



11451 Comments


Well, "I Breathe Spears" could be a Britney tribute. And 1349 is an innocent enough sounding name, I would expect this more from Skeletal Defenestration.

But, obviously, review rules. I enjoy the use of "curiosity killed the cat."

Tyler
Emeritus
May 16th 2009



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I'm just excited that I successfully used a dash without it turning into some bizarre unicode character.

asdemonsburn
May 16th 2009



793 Comments


Hawks will give it a 4

rasputin
May 16th 2009



14540 Comments


4.5

Tyler
Emeritus
May 16th 2009



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

so dark it gives dani filth nightmares

SylentEcho
May 16th 2009



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeesh, what happened to them? This album sucks. I really enjoyed "Beyond the Apocalypse"

AtavanHalen
May 16th 2009



17927 Comments


so dark it gives dani filth nightmares

I lol'd

jingledeath
May 16th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

listened to this once, didn't like it

Sabottheory
May 16th 2009



355 Comments


Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun by black metal band? Interesting

Lelle
May 16th 2009



2155 Comments


and the album's intended ambiance sounds like someone sat on a keyboard while tuning their guitar and didn't realize the microphones were recording.


BallsToTheWall
May 16th 2009



44197 Comments


Great review. I was planning on checking this out but not anymore.

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fireaboveicebelow
May 16th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I enjoyed it but don't really expect anyone else to

myhigherpie
May 16th 2009



3027 Comments


1349 is an innocent enough sounding name

its the year the black death hit norway. its not at all innocent.This Message Edited On 05.16.09

SylentEcho
May 16th 2009



1570 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Beyond the Apocalypse" was so epic. This is like a different band altogether.

illmitch
May 16th 2009



5429 Comments


i've never enjoyed 1349, even their supposedly classic stuff.

can't believe Tom G Warrior associated himself with this shit.

Wizard
May 16th 2009



19343 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Really surprised that these guys used more ambience on this album then in the past. Mediocre band at best. Good review.

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Hawks
May 16th 2009



35647 Comments


Hawks will give it a 4

Well first of all, I'm not even going to check this out now. Second of all, you guys need to stop worrying about what I do.

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