Gaunt
Demo


4.0
excellent

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T USER (103 Reviews)
August 16th, 2012 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Transcendental black metal? Try go fuck yourself.

“Kvlt” black metal, “trve” black metal, call it whatever you’d like but in 2012 real black is still alive and kicking tremendous amounts of ass. From the Cascadians and their nature inspired approach to the Black Twilight Circle's ominous atmospheric noise, underground black metal is thriving and it’s fans couldn’t be any happier (well as happy as black metal fans get anyway). Joining the ranks of excellence alongside bands like Odz Manouk, Cornigr, and Aksumite amongst others, South England’s Gaunt and their first untitled demo is a release that will soon set the worldwide black metal fan base ablaze.

The essence of Gaunt lies in their purveyance of true, untainted black metal – with many people nowadays thinking reinventing the wheel is the way to go, Gaunt shoves those ideals down their throats, exemplifying that sticking to the basics can be just as, if not more rewarding than attempting originality for its own sake. Take for instance opening song “Under The Sun of Torture”; seething with aggression the song sticks to the same basic blasting pace for the majority of its running time, hypnotizing the listener with its grand repetition and ever so subtle chord changes. At first listen it’s easy to mistake Gaunt’s blackened chaos for a cluttered mess, but really their structuring is superb – the band knows exactly what they’re doing, building songs in way that succeeds in sticking to black metal’s most basic tenets while also enthralling the listener with its skillful craft.

With “Under the Sun of Torture” easily being the most “one-sided” of the demos three tracks, the following two songs, “The One In the Void” and “Ministry of Reconstruction” are where Gaunt truly hit their stride – infusing simple yet stark melodies into the songs the band successfully plays both the atmospheric and more riff based fields of black metal; while in one instant they have you locked in their eerie trance, the next grabs your attention with crude yet great guitar lines, once again digging into black metal’s origins with their punky panache. In it’s relatively short running time of thirteen minutes, Gaunt’s introductory demo should no doubt have you craving more – displaying a near perfect performance, their b(l)ack to the roots delivery has certainly earned them a spot at the top of the black metal pedestal, a more than worthy addition to the growing number of excellent bands that have made black metal listening such a pleasure this past year.



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TheSpirit
August 15th 2012


18002 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

originally posted here -http://mediasnobs.com/music-review/gaunt-demo/

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zaruyache
August 15th 2012


7419 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Have a pos, good sir. Ima check this out.

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TheSpirit
August 15th 2012


18002 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks dude. you'll definitely enjoy it

BallsToTheWall
August 15th 2012


44805 Comments


Good review will hear this.

Maniac!
August 15th 2012


26257 Comments


This looks better on our site.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 15th 2012


16487 Comments


Cascadian’s and their nature inspired approach to the Black Twilight Circles


Take that apostrophe out of "Cascadians" and put it in "Circle's"

TheSpirit
August 15th 2012


18002 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

whoopsies

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 15th 2012


16487 Comments


And also I'm not sure if you noticed but the last two paragraphs are composed of a combined two sentences total.

TheSpirit
August 15th 2012


18002 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Guessss i'll just have to combine them thenn

rasputin
August 15th 2012


14555 Comments


excellent tape

carouse
August 15th 2012


334 Comments


Hot damn I need this.

TheSpirit
August 15th 2012


18002 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yesssir, do it bro

TheSpirit
August 16th 2012


18002 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bumppp

Maniac!
August 16th 2012


26257 Comments


bump

TheSpirit
December 13th 2012


18002 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

BUMP bcuz I listened to this all day

Ignimbrite
December 13th 2012


5507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

wait... since when is cascadian bm considered kvlt?

BallsToTheWall
December 13th 2012


44805 Comments


“Kvlt” black metal, “trve” black metal, call it whatever you’d like but in 2012 real black is still alive and kicking tremendous amounts of ass. From the Cascadians and their nature inspired approach to the Black Twilight Circle's ominous atmospheric noise

wut

TheSpirit
December 13th 2012


18002 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Since when is it not? To us maybe not so much, but its still very much an underground phenomena

MoosechriS
April 27th 2013


5063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

finally got this ordered from mordgrimm today with a few other demos. Now it just needs to hurry up and get here.

TheSpirit
April 29th 2013


18002 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Have you actually listened to it yet Moose? This shit is like PERFECT for you



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