Rhinocervs
Odour of Dust and Rot


4.5
superb

Review

by ApplicationToHeaven USER (7 Reviews)
January 24th, 2013 | 15 replies | 1,392 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fantastically constructed compilation showcasing the talents of the artists of the Rhinocervs label

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Rhinocervs has become somewhat of an enigma in the black metal scene. Most of the label's releases are anonymous - as they claim to prioritise art over artist. Rhinocervs have managed to carve a niche within black metal, delivering consistent, very expressive and introspective black metal. However the label has proven to be somewhat divisive, however this is mostly down to superficial internet drama - with accusations of individuals within the label fostering anti-white views, as well as rape allegations against the Rhinocervs conspirators. I personally choose to disregard the unsubstantiated and value the high quality of the label's output.

Despite the compilation appearing to have a fairly sizable roster, I’m fairly certain there are no more than three individuals behind the music on this release. However this is certainly not indicative of the variety on this release. From Glossolalia’s vicious and discordant assault, to the Funeral doom/black metal amalgamation of Absum to the psychedelic black metal of Kuxan Suum’s track, there is certainly a vast array of different styles on this compilation. Kuxan Suum’s offering is one of the strongest tracks here. Like much of Volahn’s work it is an invigorating, expressive work boasting some of the most beautiful riffs I’ve heard in black metal. Tukaaria is as strong as ever, delivering a punishing, lucid body of hard-hitting riffs and incensed vocals. The musicianship is near-flawless throughout the compilation, almost every song is composed fantastically, the music is simultaneously melodic and destructive. The production is excellent as well, while it is certainly not as lo-fi as you might expect from underground black metal, the music is awash in a reverby fuzz. The relatively clear production definitely compliments the release, as the musicianship is far beyond the average black metal. The bulk of the music on here feels so thoughtfully composed, and creates so much atmosphere and emotion without relying on gimmicks and clichés. The only drawback of the compilation is the typically lacklustre Nihilobstat track – though it’s enjoyable enough. The album is constructed excellently in terms of the order of the tracks, the piercing and trebly ‘Filth in the Light’ segues into one of Absum’s doom-esque dirges. The final of which is another of the highlights; featuring some of the most gritty and guttural vocals I’ve ever heard. However despite the bleakness of the song, the higher-pitched melody that is present almost throughout gives a sense of hope to the song.

Overall I cannot recommend this compilation enough, the musicianship and the songwriting makes this some of the most enjoyable, and affecting black metal I’ve ever heard, not to mention in a genre full of clichés and derivative acts, this release is comprised of truly original material. Whilst I think every release on this label is worthwhile, no other has the same level of variety.



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ApplicationToHeaven
January 24th 2013



1558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This release was already in the database under Various Artists, thought it made more sense it being here.

ApplicationToHeaven
January 24th 2013



1558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

of course

ApplicationToHeaven
January 24th 2013



1558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Tukaaria - Empty as the Prophecy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dm_1MIqC4Ps
Absum - Restless Specter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGtWQxoX9NQ

CaptainDooRight
January 24th 2013



28353 Comments


cool, i'll have to give your review a read ina bit

Digging: Tukaaria - Raw to the Rapine

ApplicationToHeaven
January 24th 2013



1558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sweet

CaptainDooRight
January 24th 2013



28353 Comments


nice review, posd

ProfessorVeerappan
January 24th 2013



790 Comments


i like the review
and a mad artist
indeed.

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

ApplicationToHeaven
January 24th 2013



1558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

indeed

MoosechriS
January 24th 2013



4798 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Awesome review dude pos'd

Got this when it came out and its still one of my fave bm releases. If anyone likes this i recommend checking out the new SVN OKKLT compilation, its available for free download from the SVN OKKLT blog and is up for pre orders from fallen empire and mordgrimm

BallsToTheWall
January 24th 2013



44164 Comments


Anti-white black metal wut?

BallsToTheWall
January 24th 2013



44164 Comments


So let me get this straight, guy from Rhinocervs gets knocked out by a white guy, and now hates white people.

ApplicationToHeaven
January 25th 2013



1558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

In an interview Volahn said "Settlers on the land of my ancestors want to govern my life. Fuck white occupation of my sacred land! We are to be governed by our own people. I'm an indigenous revolutionary for my people and our struggle, and we're the true representatives of our culture today."
But I think it's only him that has this ideology



MoosechriS
January 25th 2013



4798 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

If anyone is interested rh-15 has just went up in the rhinocervs store.

ApplicationToHeaven
January 25th 2013



1558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'd definitely get it if I wasn't awaiting two orders

MosesMalone
July 11th 2013



1831 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

All the bands associated with this label and its sister are so fucking good. I wish they did more comps though, they sound better each contributing to a greater piece.



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