Basilisk
Blackened Royalty


4.0
excellent

Review

by A.K. USER (66 Reviews)
July 6th, 2006 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


Basilisk is:
Vintyr - Everything

Blackened Royalty
-Released 2003 on Eternal Darkness productions
-Total length: 13:21


Basilisk, Vintyr's one man band, released its first demo in 2003, called Blackened Royalty. While not very long the songs make up with their quality. The production is perfect. The guitars are gritty and raw, yet also distinct enough to make out the riffs most of the time. The drums are really just a blur of cymbals. The snare can also be heard pretty well but the toms and bass are non existant. The bass guitar is also completely low in the mix and virtually not there. While the instruments are well suited with their production Vintyrs voice is what makes Basilisk work. It is a high pitched scream that has the perfect effect on it. I am not sure whether it is a chorus effect mixed with reverb but it creates a slimy and slippery quality that is simply awesome. One would be hard pressed to find better vocals.

The songs themselves are short. Around 2 to 3 minutes each they are basic, and I have found that structure really does not matter when listening to this demo. Perhaps there is structure and maybe there is not, it does not matter, there is no emphasis on it. The riffs are basic tremelo. The drums pound away. No real doomy breaks or depressive synths a la Xasthur and co., just straight up raw black metal the way it should be. The music is simply a platform for Vintyr's kick arse vocals that are really high in the mix. The vocals really shine on Slaughter the Christian Tribe, in which there are some clean vocals near the end, the only ones where one can decipher what he says on the whole cd.

While most songs really sound the same the heavy as fukk production along with the brief running time make the demo easy to enjoy. Very essential for anyone interested in black metal. A must have for fans of the more raw side of things.


Pros
- Great production
- Orgasmic vocals
- Fitting riffing

Cons
- Short
- Somewhat repetitive

NOTE: The review is short because the cd is only 13 minutes. There is only so much that can be said about such a (sadly) short demo.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Apocalyptic Raids
July 6th 2006


810 Comments


Awesome demo, I think A Joyless March Through The Cold-Lands is better, though.

Silenius
July 6th 2006


305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

:eek:


Really? Well both are extremely good. I want Vintyrhell badly.

RiceMonster
July 6th 2006


62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

m/ SLAUGHTER THE CHRISTIAN TRIBE! m/

Great review as well. You described it perfectly.

Brain Dead
July 6th 2006


1150 Comments


Hm. I find it hard to believe that a 13 minute demo tape can be a classic. You sure have a taste for obscure black metal, Silenius. The only black metal that I own is one Cradle of Filth CD, and I don't care for it much.

Inpropagation
July 7th 2006


16 Comments


Cradle of filth aren't black metal dude.

Freezing Moon
July 9th 2006


63 Comments


Amazing demo. I can't decide if I like it or A Joyless March better, but they both get extremely regular play from me. Definitely some of my favorite black metal of all time.

guest3
July 19th 2006


2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Both "Blackened Royalty" and the second demo "Vintyrhell" will be released together with unreleased bonus tracks by Todestrieb Records (UK)
http://www.todestrieb.co.uk/This Message Edited On 07.19.06

Silenius
July 19th 2006


305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes, I can't wait for the release, plus those unreleased tracks. :DThis Message Edited On 07.19.06

Cravinov13
July 19th 2006


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cradle of filth aren't black metal dude


Cradle Of Filth started out black metal, and even now they can be considered black
metal, but more or less Gothic metal then actual black metal.

Good review by the way. I have a burnt copy of this CD. It is awesome.This Message Edited On 07.19.06

ScreamsOfAgony
October 31st 2006


1 Comments


What?! " Cradle Of Filth started out black metal" Eh????
I can't believe what people are saying sometimes.
What would Cronos think of that?

Cravinov13
October 31st 2006


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cradle Of Filth did start out as black metal, since then they've strayed from those roots yet still have a small hold on the genre.

blackmilk
July 2nd 2007


584 Comments


This is a bit better than A Joyless March Through the Cold-Lands, but I still can't get over his vocals. Way too high in the mix for me to enjoy.

Angmar
July 2nd 2007


2689 Comments


Yeah I agree, they are a bit too high.



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