Sunday, September 8, 2013

Ceremonial Castings - Barbaric is the Beast (2006)

One of the finest Black Metal Bands of all times had to appear on this list, if not on any list. Some would argue that their most intriguing and spectacular album was the previous, Immortal Black Art of 2005. I would say that if anything, the band Ceremonial Castings can be considered to be one of those bands that have more than one defining album.

If Ceremonial Castings weren't even close to being the first Black Metal band to incorporate synthesizer and other musical instruments that were rare to other extreme metal genre, they were the defining one. Unlike Dimmu Borgir or Cradle of Filth, who only managed to rely on their synthesizers to create atmosphere and take out the raw sounding of Black Metal, Ceremonial Castings, in the same ways as did Emperor a decade before that, make use of all instruments in a harmonious yet chaotic vision.

In three words, epic, chaotic and atmospheric. Chaotic as in the title track, Barbaric is the Beast. Atmospheric as in the long lasting Our Journey Through Forever. Epic as in the ending track, Sweet Misery I Forsee.

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