Leviathan
The Tenth Sub Level of Suicide


4.5
superb

Review

by RiceMonster USER (2 Reviews)
August 29th, 2005 | 57 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


Background info
Leviathan is a one man black metal band, from the states. Wrest is the man behind it, and does all his recording at home on a five on an analogue four-track, and started doing so in 1998.

This is first full-length from Leviathan, but certainly not the first release. Wrest released a ***load of demos, and a spilt album with Iuvenes before finally releasing a full-length album.

The Review
To sum up the overall atmosphere/mood of this album in short, it is very dark, and at times depressing. There are no positive emotions anywhere to be found here, it is hatred, misanthropy, depression, and suffering all wrapped up into the form of music. The songs range from full speed tracks like ďFucking Your Ghost in Chains of Ice" to slow paced tracks like ďThe Idiot Sun". From this, you can almost get the idea of what it is like to be a suicidal, misanthropic mad man. This is about as dark as it gets, and the emotions are about as powerful as it gets. Itís almost like a trance listening to it at times. Again, this album is the opposite of positive emotions. If you really get into it, you may want to kill yourself (hoping you wouldnít really get that into it).

One of the things Iím most impressed by with this album is the vocals. While he only really does screaming vocals, he has two distinct styles in his vocals. The first are more straight, powerful screams which are amazing, and have a surprisingly unique sound. For the second, think along the lines of Varg Vikernes (Burzum). Now, a lot of people do like them, and a lot of people dislike them (this group includes me). While I dislike Vargís vocals, I fucking love the way Wrest does it! They sound very tortured and carry on for miles. To put it simple, he does it in a less shrieky and ear piercing way that works out wonderfully.

Wrest is solid, or even excellent with all his instruments, and you have to admit that is impressive. His drumming would fall into the ďsolid" category, because it really isnít anything special. It does get the job done, and every fill fits perfectly nevertheless.
His guitar work is great; heís got all kinds of excellent riffs all over the place. My personal favorite riff is in ďThe Idiot Sun", and starts at about 2:00. Now, this guitar work is nothing technical or ďimpressive", but keep in mind that it is black metal. Black Metal is meant to simplistic, and he is able to create the perfect atmosphere, and display a lot of his emotions through his guitar work.

Iím going to give bass itís own paragraph because I think it deserves it. Typically, anyone who listens to black metal wouldnít think of bass when they think of black metal. On this album, you bet you will. This album is packed with awesome bass work, and the bass is pretty loud, especially for black metal. Wrest isnít always just following the guitar, heís often doing something different, and making the bass interesting. I consider this to be something special for black metal.

Iím no lyric junkie, so Iíll be brief. The majority of these lyrics are about suicide, but not in annoying, whinny way. Usually you have to look deeper into them. Wrest is also capable of creating some bone chilling lines such as ďhovering over your false courage ghost hope and spent charity." Thereís something about that line that sends chills down my spine. Overall, Iíd say the lyrics are good.

In conclusion, this is an excellent album. Itís one of my personal favorite albums. If youíre a black metal fan and you donít own this, I pity you. Do yourself a favor and get this album, you wonít regret it, believe me. Itís almost a flawless album; Iíve been thinking about it, and I canít find any cons. Wrest deserves credit for this excellent album.

Recommended Tracks:
Fucking Your Ghost in Chains of Ice
The Bitter Emblem of Dissolve
The Idiot Sun
At The Door to the Tenth Sub level of Suicide


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Freezing Moon
August 29th 2005


63 Comments


This album is extremely excellent. This review is great also, good work.

I love the atmosphere of it. So dark and depressing.

Shadows
Moderator
August 30th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great work. I was about to review this, but you did it very well. I love Fucking Your Ghost in Chains of Ice.

Aakon_Keetreh
October 2nd 2005


448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hey shadowsfallen, have u ever heard of the black metal band Carpathian Forest, This Message Edited On 01.28.06This Message Edited On 01.28.06

Shadows
Moderator
October 2nd 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yes, I know them. They're not bad. They have a unique thrashy black metal sound to them. I ind of like the one album I have from them.

Aakon_Keetreh
October 2nd 2005


448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

u should review it, which cd do u have?

The Gates Of Heaven
October 22nd 2005


6 Comments


Although not particularly a fan of Leviathan, this is a great review.

Aakon_Keetreh
January 28th 2006


448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

could somebody send me this

i can not find it anywhere

plz?

destined_for_Destruction@hotmail.com

Silenius
February 1st 2006


305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Excellent cd, has some of the best leviathan material on it.

Apocalyptic Raids
February 13th 2006


810 Comments


excellent album.

Aakon_Keetreh
February 21st 2006


448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This cd is pure genious i think

4.5/5

the2stranger
April 3rd 2006


130 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

exellent album, nothing more to say.
Just cold and dark.

TheDevilsOwn
May 17th 2006


91 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this band. I'm surprised they are even on here. Kudos for Sputnik. Good review too.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2007


16466 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review to a good album. This is a very dark album, I can only listen to it really when I'm in certain moods, then I really enjoy this.

rattlehead42147
June 27th 2007


1345 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i am checking this out, if this is anything like other shitty USBM like Xasthur then i am not going to be pleased. great review btw.

Cravinov13
June 27th 2007


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't get this album, get tentacles Of Whorror, it's way better.

And everyone needs to stop stereotyping USMB by Xasthur's shit! >:[This Message Edited On 06.27.07

rattlehead42147
June 27th 2007


1345 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i'll keep that one in mind

Hawks
July 12th 2008


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This was my favorite Leviathan album, until I heard Massive Conspiracy Against All Life. That album is incredible.

Nikkolae
April 12th 2009


4865 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album is the reason why black metal of al sorts is my favorite gender, i cannot get over the gloomy sound that the poor production gives to this album, by far the best BM representative out there on the US, Fucking Your Ghost In Chains Of Ice Is EPIC

Digging: Giant - Song

FadeToBlack
July 23rd 2009


11034 Comments


that gets the prize for the must kvlt song title.

Listening to this now, pretty good so far

Zip
October 1st 2009


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Pretty boring



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