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Kingdom | ‘Bloodtide’


Dont know if many people up here know about Kingdom, but they really should. Slick Black metal, minus the keyboards, played with commitment and power and a healthy amount of blastbeats (“Bloodtide”).

For a demo the production slays, and the whole package is remarkably pro. The first track of the 3 on offer shows a definite nod toward “promethean shores” era Hecate Enthroned (the sound and structure is actually really similar), and that is a compliment, as no matter what anyone says I actually love that cd. All the instruments are handled with confidence and the songs are cool.

Track 2 slows down the pace and shows a slight peaceville influence; good use of dynamics too there lads. Only criticism is that the vocal tends to be too samey the whole way through the cd and although attempts are made to diversify it doesnt really cut it enough. “Vempire” influences show through too, as do the obligatory Iron Maiden (track 3).Over all a powerful and confident debut which by virtue of its 3song / 18min length provides excellent VFM. Pick it up.

Earl Grey ::: 04/03/01


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