Rhinocervs
RH-12


3.5
great

Review

by CaptainDooRight USER (93 Reviews)
February 24th, 2012 | 23 replies | 4,397 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An interesting blend of numerous textures into an Ambient-Like/Black Metal Album.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Being that Rhino "cervs"[inside joke, don't be stumbled] the musical community by means of an underground black metal company, they have chosen to do things a bit differently. Rather than releasing albums by various bands/artist' under the label, they have chosen to release everything under the label's name; being "Rhinocervs". This allows the company to focus on the art/music rather than "image". While all of the albums and tracks are not credited to any band/individual the masterminds behind these creations are not unknown. Rhinocervs is made up of Odz Manouk, Tukaaria, Absum, Nihilobstat, Glossollalia, and possibly many other bands.

While elusive and mysterious, Rhinocervs creates music that is extremely consistent; attesting to the focus on music over image. "RH-12" slightly steers in a different direction than previous releases, due to the focus on depressive-atmosphere and softer, yet darker musical textures. Amongst these textures are distant melodic backdrops and slightly illuminative vocals that add warmth and feeling with the use of high pitched shrieks/screams. The panting drums give an exhausting feel that adds psychadelic features; allowing the melodies to ease easily into the psyche. Favoring double bass over blast beats, the drums use them in a way as if to tell your heart how to pound during any given passage; solidifying the emotive aspect of "RH-12".

The production greatly compliments the atmosphere when switching from fuzzy to clean avenues, such as in the case of track one. The clean textures are allowed to shrine through without destroying the pace. The bass is very noticable during these moments, carrying the atmosphere when the fuzzy guitars are not. Although listed as a one track release, "RH-12" is actually comprised of 3 segments of an actual "whole". All segments carry a similar feature of depression, only alternating with different melodies and depressive-like formulas.

Since the tracks are basically anonymous, the listener truly never knows if the artist are the same amongst the different songs. This proves to be a main drawback of "RH-12", as each of the tracks lack a sense of cohesiveness. The melodic undertones are found nowhere else on this release, causing diversity but lacking specific flow. Where certain tracks could be heightened by more variability such as drum fills and more alternating changes, the songs seem to have bit of a "drag-on" type of feeling which is native to most atmospheric black metal but not always a positive feature or element.

If you're into abmient/atmospheric black metal but want some softer, more delicate features, "RH-12" is where to go. The bass stands out more than previous releases and is one of the main instrumental higlights. The songwriting shows more of a lax attitude but doesn't make this a failure by any means.



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CaptainDooRight
February 24th 2012



28304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

art work kinda makes my dick hard

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TheSpirit
February 24th 2012



17132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I haven't listened to this one as much as the others but it's still very good. I agree with your rating completely. I've been working on a review for The Odour of Dust and Rot compilation for awhile now and this has inspired me to finish it. Hoping it will be up by the end of the night. Another solid review from you brother

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Oathbreaker
February 24th 2012



1649 Comments


Rhinocervs brings the kvlt.

TheSpirit
February 24th 2012



17132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

created the bandpage for these guys here m/ m/ m/

MoosechriS
February 24th 2012



4769 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love everything these guys have put out, pos'd dude

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2012



18005 Comments


got this, havent really listened yet

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Tyrael
February 24th 2012



20724 Comments


great band

zaruyache
February 24th 2012



5845 Comments


Your reviews seem to be continuously getting better.

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HeathenEarthling
February 24th 2012



88 Comments


Never heard of this before. That's a pretty cool concept for a record label.

CaptainDooRight
February 24th 2012



28304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Spirit, I'm looking foward to that review for The Odour of Dust and Rot compilation. Glad I could assist in the inspiration of a reviewing legend ;]

"That's a pretty cool concept for a record label"

Yeah it's a really unselfish contribution to music in general; being one of the main features that attracts me to this label.

Glad you guys like this and thanks for the positive response ;]

Coast
February 24th 2012



213 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Review gives a good insight into the music. Rhinocervs and the album covers are great.

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2012



18005 Comments


yeah i find the album covers to be the best part most of the time

CaptainDooRight
February 24th 2012



28304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks coast, yeah I definitely love when the album covers showcase what is to be expected in the music; whether it be the colors used or the thematic gestures.

For me, in regards to "RH-12", the blue color hints to melodic elements. The hazy blend of blue and black hints to a fuzzy atmosphere, focusing on darker elements. These details are all very specific to what the listener should expect to hear.

TheSpirit
February 24th 2012



17132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the compliments man. Also I like that little analysis you just did with the colors, pretty cool

CaptainDooRight
February 24th 2012



28304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha thanks bro, felt it's quite relative, haven't really figured out the creepy eyes and face yet but its really intriguing me

seedofnothing
February 27th 2012



3425 Comments


Good album and good review. Keep up the good work!

CaptainDooRight
February 27th 2012



28304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool! glad you enjoyed both!

Sevhead
May 13th 2012



569 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is some damned good atmosphere, wish they'd start pressing vinyl

CaptainDooRight
May 13th 2012



28304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Or at least coming to my house and playing live would do

CaptainDooRight
May 13th 2012



28304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And potato being there would just be a bonus



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