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Atanab: Black Magic

Out of the Southern American continent, hails this corpse painted trio named Atanab. Band leader Abatan handles most of the music by taking care of all guitars, keyboards, bass and back vocals. Helping him are drummer Harkon and screamer Darkbegoth.

Black Magic is all about dark music, mysticism and Satanism. The vocals of Darkbegoth appears as some comical screech at first, only to become a more discrete and high pitch rasps on the rest of the album. The back vocals of main man Abatan are rather nice by being of a deeper and wicked nature. His guitar work is the leading musical aspect of this music. Hugely relying on tremolo pickings and leads, the sounds tend to be slightly raw by having no riffs as such to back things up. I mean you do have riffs appearing here and there, but not on a regular basis. On the other hand, the bass is always there to get the rhythm going, backed by some acrobatic drumming. The pace is often set to the fast and furious mood. Fortunately, moderate and more melodic tempos are also offered. Overall, Black Magic is not a real original disc, leaning more towards the repetitive type with a generic Style. What prevents this release from being too generic though is the use of keyboards, samplings and a touch of epic is helping too. "Fury" comes with good keys and distorted arpeggios. Title track is one of my favorite with its narration, nature samplings, fire and good moderate / crunchier parts. To my surprise, and making it my other favorite tune, closing track "Born of Blasphemy Soul 1666", is basically an all-acoustic instrumental piece with thunder and rain; a nicely soothing moment of harmony.

Black Magic, while not offering anything new to the listener, does have its melodious moments and a bit of an epic edge.

Track listing:
1- Intro-Is Sentence of Satan
2- Sons of Evil
3- Fury
4- Nightmares With Him
5- Rites of Death
6- Black Magic
7- Witches of the Jagua
8- Alma Obscura
9- Divine Sin
10- Born of Blasphemy Soul 1666

Added: September 5th 2011
Reviewer: Denis Brunelle
Related Link: Band MySpace Page
Hits: 1527
Language: english

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