Beherit
Drawing Down the Moon


3.5
great

Review

by Kyle Ward STAFF
January 7th, 2010 | 134 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist


Finnish black metal band Beherit have their own way of going about playing their fuzzy, rumbling approach to the genre. Paper-thin production leaves two entities present, one being a mishmash of distortion guitar and drums, and the other the interesting vocals which spew out few intelligible lines, but somehow manage to captivate. Indeed, with Drawing Down The Moon, Beherit display this sound in the finest album of their career, and certainly one of the most interesting releases to come out of Finland’s black metal scene at the time. The combination of harsh, raw black metal and trudging riffing which almost feels like sludge, as well as a few surprises in the form of keyboard accents, forms a wholly successful album.

The throaty, quiet rasps and subtle whispers which comprise the vocal department fit surprisingly well with the extremely muddy guitar riffs which feature a lot of slow chords drenched in distortion and an ever-present fuzz which accompanies each instrument. The low-end is mixed incredibly high, almost melting together the bass and the guitars as they pluck away simple but effective note and chord progressions which linger around the low C string (the guitars are down-tuned to C for that added “being crushed by a freight train” effect). It’s common for black metal bands to forsake technicality and melody in favor of being “tr00” and “kvlt”, and while Drawing Down The Moon readily follows such a stature, there are moments where slight hints at simple melody are introduced which keeps things from growing terribly stale. However, the constant plodding pace of the album becomes tiresome, and moments of filler float to the surface where the guitars just sort of meander around the vocals in an attempt to fill up time.

These sorts of tracks are littered throughout the album (see the absolutely ridiculous track "Summerlands"), and drag away some of the replay value of the album which the more well-written songs garnered. While the production isn’t inherently headache-inducing and doesn’t contain unfathomable amounts of treble, it is slightly annoying in its tendency to just shove all of the instruments together in a corner while the vocals are produced relatively high in the mix. In the end, though, all gripes can be forgiven because when it comes down to it, Drawing Down The Moon is a really enjoyable album by a band which really tanked later in their career as they dabbled in the realm of ritualistic dark ambient which just makes them look like even bigger fools. Drawing Down The Moon was a unique black metal album at the time of its release in 1993, and it still remains such today, but also survives as a highly enjoyable, occasionally tongue-in-cheek satanic black metal album.



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TheSpirit
January 7th 2010


17927 Comments


Beherit is the one of the only old school black metal bands i have yet to hear, despite the good things I've heard about their earlier material.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 7th 2010


16434 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is one of those albums which is either hailed as brilliant or is called fucking terrible.

Digging: Swallowed - Lunarterial

TheSpirit
January 7th 2010


17927 Comments


I really want to hear their new album because i hear its great.

Hawks
January 7th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Finally this has a review, and a good review. Awesome album.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 7th 2010


16434 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I also find it amusing that their bassist's stage name on this record is Black Jesus.

Dryden
January 7th 2010


12928 Comments


this and new album rules. good review too

ov420
January 7th 2010


300 Comments


this is so classic

Wizard
January 7th 2010


19508 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Engram was so boring so I will probably skip this, unless it's different from Engram. Review is super sweet and I voted for coolness.

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ov420
January 7th 2010


300 Comments


yeah engram was pretty bad, this is nothing like it though.

Wizard
January 7th 2010


19508 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ok, I will give this a go.

ov420, is this an alt account of someone I already know on this site?

ov420
January 7th 2010


300 Comments


countorus is ban'd

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 7th 2010


16434 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed with Count, this album is nothing like (as is much better than) Engram.

illmitch
January 7th 2010


5429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fucking incredible album, love it. nice review, although it never gets boring for me.

A-VE SATAN!
A-VE LUCIFER!
A-VE SATAN!

somberlain
January 7th 2010


2121 Comments


Nooooooo! Damn you Crysis I was working on a review for this!
Good job though. No need for my review

Hawks
January 7th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No dude you should still post yours if you're already working on it.

somberlain
January 7th 2010


2121 Comments


Nah. I was just starting it. Maybe I'll post it in a few weeks

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 7th 2010


16434 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nooooooo! Damn you Crysis I was working on a review for this!


Sorry dude.... I've been waiting for someone to review this for a while but I got sick of waiting.

somberlain
January 7th 2010


2121 Comments


it's all good Crysis
good review btw

Wizard
January 7th 2010


19508 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sorry dude.... I've been waiting for someone to review this for a while but I got sick of waiting.

Happens to me with about 80% of my reviews.

TheSpirit
January 7th 2010


17927 Comments


Theres still a lot of good shit out there to review though.



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