Petrychor
Dryad


4.0
excellent

Review

by Simon Harris (SCREAM!) USER (56 Reviews)
February 17th, 2010 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A surprisingly mature sounding first demo from an American black metal band

Petrychor are an American acoustic folk black metal band somewhat reminiscent of Canada’s SIG:AR:TYR but with a heavier penchant towards muddy, atmospheric black metal. The band’s 3 song demo can be downloaded free of charge (or for a donation) on their website: [url]http://petrychor.bandcamp.com/[/url]

The demo starts off with some nice folky chords before giving way to a melodic, yet frenzied attack of black metal riffs. The black metal parts of the album take heavy influence from the glory days of the 90’s, combining heavily distorted, tremolo picked chords with fierce blast beats. The guitar chords often have a slightly more melodic sound to them than the average black metal riff which complements the folky breaks nicely. The band will often add an unexpected, but well placed, lead riff or even a solo to the muddy mess. The leads are often also tremolo picked and complement the atmospheric fuzz of the guitars. Meanwhile, the solos show a surprising amount of skill for a band of this genre and manage to meld themselves right into the surrounding noise and sound perfectly in place.

Also, the band seems to have already mastered the use of the keyboard in black metal. It is played very low in the mix, almost to the point of being inaudible. This allows it to almost merge with the guitar chords and empowers the general sound that is being played. This adds to the surprising maturity of this young band (especially considering the genre they are playing in).

Petrychor make quite a surprising addition to 2010’s list of positives but a welcome one nonetheless. If the band follows this up with a full length of the same quality, it could easily be a contender for 2010’s top black metal spot.



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SCREAM!
February 17th 2010


10100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

DOnt know why the link doesnt work :S

Oh well, yall can easily copy/paste it. Its certainly worth the effort

Relinquished
February 17th 2010


25055 Comments


doesn't [url] work?

cool review btw, I'll check it out soon

TheSpirit
February 17th 2010


17847 Comments


good review, this sounds interesting.

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TheSpirit
February 17th 2010


17847 Comments


^this

SCREAM!
February 17th 2010


10100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I guess i havent found much of the good usbm yet. But ill change the intro accordingly then

Relinquished
February 17th 2010


25055 Comments


american pie

SCREAM!
February 17th 2010


10100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There, got rid of the opening paragraph that was pretty useless anyway.

SCREAM!
February 17th 2010


10100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey

Zoo
February 17th 2010


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

solid review dude, this was alright, I wasn't too impressed

SCREAM!
February 17th 2010


10100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gotta love them troll negz

Wizard
February 17th 2010


19406 Comments


Good review, sounds interesting enough to check out.

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DivinityOfPan
February 17th 2010


85 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Do it.

Wizard
February 17th 2010


19406 Comments


And I know where he got this real cheap!!!!

SCREAM!
February 17th 2010


10100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Who, what, how

BallsToTheWall
February 17th 2010


44378 Comments


Wow, people really hate you SCREAM! But it's this kind of shit that builds character.

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SCREAM!
February 17th 2010


10100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Approval is still 94% hahaha

You'd probably enjoy this Balls

combustion07
February 17th 2010


5359 Comments


Damn troll negs, good review. I'll have to check this out

jingledeath
February 18th 2010


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pretty good demo this

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2010


8357 Comments


The leads are often also tremolo picked an complement the atmospheric fuzz of the guitars and the solos show a surprising amount of skill for a band of this genre and manage to meld themselves right into the surrounding noise and sound perfectly in place.
don't want to to be a nitcpicky fuck, but this reads awkward and should probably be broken up.

Good review otherwise, just fix that and I'll pos


SCREAM!
February 18th 2010


10100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fxd you nitpicky fuck



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