Monday, January 4, 2010

Beltane/Shadowplay Desolate/2008 Review

 Beltane are a band from New Zealand that has a bunch of releases to their name and I would describe their music as Celtic Black Metal with a lot of diversity.

Drums are a mixture of slow and fast parts with some occasional blast beats, while the bass playing has a dark and heavy which goes over really good with the rhythm guitar and drums.

Rhythm guitars are very heavy with a lot of fast riffs that sound very dark mixed with some slow parts that sound very melodic. and there were not that many leads except for occasion and they reminded me of some of the 80's black/death/thrash metal bands and they utilized some slow melodic parts at times.

Vocals are high pitched black metal screams with the occasional clean pagan vocals mixed with some death metal growls and they use some female vocals on occasion that seemed to contain a lot of sorrow.

Keyboards when they are utilized sound very dark and have a feel of dark medieval times and at times they utilize an industrial beat, while the production on this recording sounds really good and since I got this album in MP3 format I did not receive the lyrics but judging from the song tiles they seem to be about Celtic Paganism.

In my opinion this is a really good ep and if this band got signed to a decent label they could be a really big name in the metal scene. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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