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Pest | ‘The Crowning Horror’

Let’s be honest about Sweden’s Pest. They have all the tools and clearly have the know-how in many regards but there’s something just not quite right here. It’s in the execution.

‘The Crowning Horror’ is their fourth album, along with several other EP and demo releases since the band’s inception in 1997, but it’s far too pedestrian, and dare we say safe for its own, even after all these years of plying their craft.

Very much sticking with an old school mind set, there’s nothing offensively bad so to speak about Pest’s brand of BM. In fact, opening riff of first track proper ‘A Face Obscured By Death’ kicks in with an energetic, blazing riff that could have been taken from Mercyful Fate back in the day and the vocals add their own layer with a more Norwegian flavour.

Its follow-up ‘Volcanic Eyes’ then ups the pace a little and the aggression augments with it.

It sounds good so far and it is. However as the album progresses, the songs begin to lose their bite, relying on the old template a little too much.

‘Devil’s Mark’ is attempted eerie trudging mid-paced BM but rather it lulls into a lecherous slog meanwhile ‘The Abominations of the God’ just plods along aimlessly inciting no fury whatsoever.

‘Thirteen Chimes’ whips things back into shape though where you can finally hear some vigour between the notes again but it’s clear now that the album has far too many ups and downs for its own good.

By no means is ‘The Crowning Horror’ a failure of an album. As strange as it is to say, it’s refreshing when an old school black metal album emerges amongst a sea of modern black metal or post black metal records. Unfortunately this isn’t quite it however.

1.7/5 – Jonathan Keane ::: 27/05/13

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