Ante Christum (Natum)
~reviewed by Eric Rasmussen
Today, children, we’ll address the question
of what makes a metal band truly “metal.” Some people say it’s the hair.
Some, the face paint. Maybe it’s the guitars. The lyrics? The music
itself? Or is it some aesthetic, ever so slightly beyond our conscious
grasp, that unifies bands who seemingly are not metal yet always hang out
with bands that unquestionably are?
You could say, in fact, that they just make a lot of noise. And on top of that, it’s completely unpredictable noise, with no discernible pattern or coherency. Abrupt mood shifts abound. One minute you’ll hear an electronic beat and synths; the next, a crazy riff with a vocalist who’s clearly off his rocker, and has long since converted his rocker to a make-shift banana boat for sailing rivers of blood.
If you like the crazier metal bands that
most of us find intolerable, you’ll like Shadows Land. If you’re a fan
of Cadaver or other technical death metal acts (think Cryptopsy, made raw
and black metal-y and shrill and sharp), you should definitely give Ante
Christum (Natum) a listen. The band manages to do some cool stuff across
the album’s nearly 40 minute duration, but the general randomness of it
all leaves me confused and seeking musical solace elsewhere.
Shadows Land is:
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