Oskoreien
Oskoreien


4.0
excellent

Review

by Hawks USER (70 Reviews)
June 7th, 2011 | 48 replies | 6,371 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Black metal for beginners.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

In recent years, the black metal scene in the United States has been becoming more and more known for it's involvment in the development of the so-called "Cascadian" black metal movement. Bands such as Weakling and Wolves in the Throne Room were some of the first to really play in this style and more bands have been joining them in the past few years. In 2011 alone, bands like Ash Borer, Fell Voices, Deafheaven, and this band, Oskoreien have been adding on to what the aforementioned bands have started. Oskoreien is a one-man band and while he doesn't really add anything new to the Cascadian black metal formula, you'll still find that his debut self-titled full-length album is enjoyable in it's own right.

Right off the bat you can tell the type of sound that this album is going for, with an atmospheric intro that pays homage to the type of music that the Cascadian scene is. When one listens to this type of music, you'll realize that this isn't your typical church burning, Satan-worshipping black metal. You don't get images of corpse paint or murder or any of that type of stuff. It's very nature-oriented, meaning that you get the feeling of mountains, trees, lakes, and pretty much anything that has to do with nature. To give off that feeling, there are a few different things that you have to do, and Oskoreien does here. The riffs are tremolo picking for the most part. Not really overly melodic, but heavily atmospheric. Acoustic guitars also show up pretty frequently. The drumming isn't anything that will wow you because, once again, this album relies mainly on atmosphere to get it's point across. You have some blast beats here and there, as well as a lot of slower rhythmic stuff.

Vocally this album is extremely well done, but also something that isn't unique for this genre. There's a mixture of harsh and clean vocals, with the harsh vocals being the dominant one. His voice isn't more leaning towards high or low-pitched, it's pretty much smack dab in the middle of the two. There's some effects on them to make it sound almost like they're echoing. The clean vocals are pretty operatic and baritone, almost in the vein of the infamous Norwegian vocalist Garm. If you've ever heard Garm then you'll know that saying the vocals sound like anything similar to him is a huge compliment.

Overall, this isn't an album that is going to have you in awe because of how original or unique it is, because that's just not the case. The point is, it's extremely enjoyable and a great album for what it is. If you're only a fan of the more extreme side of black metal, then this won't be your thing. This type of music is for listeners that have an acquired taste in this sort of thing and also for listeners who would be interested in getting into the black metal genre. It's been said that Cascadian black metal is the easiest type of black metal to get into, so if that interests you, then it's definitely worth a shot.



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Hawks
June 7th 2011



33352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn good album.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
June 7th 2011



17114 Comments


YES!

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zaruyache
June 7th 2011



4794 Comments


I like it, although I feel that it has been done better by other bands, probably some of those that you mentioned. Still, pretty good debut. If the vocals could improve a bit--the harsh becoming more harsh, the cleans seeing improvement in general--I feel like this group could definitely go somewhere.

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 7th 2011



15976 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This was decent at best.

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Tyrael
June 7th 2011



20394 Comments


Great review Hawks, I found this to get boring really quick, but I can definitely see why people would like it. Pos.

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Hawks
June 7th 2011



33352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks man. Yeah I can see how people would be bored by it. Either way, I really like it and it hasn't worn off yet.

FatChickIrl
June 7th 2011



4096 Comments


this looks troo

Athom
Staff Reviewer
June 7th 2011



17114 Comments


i'm not looking for bands that push the boundaries anymore, just bands that do a sound good, and this dude writes stuff that appeals to everything i like in black metal. sure its derivative but its damn good.

Hawks
June 7th 2011



33352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Exactly. Nothing original at all, but it's damn good.

FatChickIrl
June 7th 2011



4096 Comments


I want some classical death metal or black metal. But I mean REAL classical music, not fucking samples.

Hawks
June 7th 2011



33352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Eh well you're not gonna find that here.

BloodSweatandBeers
June 7th 2011



978 Comments


Try not to use "right off the bat" so much. I notice you do it alot, otherwise good review.

Hawks
June 7th 2011



33352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll keep that in mind. Didn't realize I did it that much haha. Thanks though.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
June 7th 2011



17323 Comments


Good review, i got this on tape with the shirt. Good stuff.

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Ire
June 7th 2011



41453 Comments


black metal for hawks

Gyromania
June 7th 2011



14638 Comments


Adam Thomas showed this to me. Excellent album. Your review could use a little bit of work, Hawks, but it's good to see that you're still around.

Hawks
June 7th 2011



33352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

black metal for hawks

You know how I roll.

wyankeif1337
June 7th 2011



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sweet, this got reviewed.

Hawks
June 7th 2011



33352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yep I've been digging the whole Cascadian thing lately so I figured I'd give this a review.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 8th 2011



30291 Comments


Album got old real fast

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