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Ov Hell: The Underworld Regime

Two of Norwegian black metal's prominent stars Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir) and King (ex-Gorgoroth) have teamed up and formed the band known as Ov Hell. Their powerful dark debut is titled The Underworld Regime, on which Ov Hell have recorded a menacing album, with Shagrath's vocals and the guitar work of Teloch (1349) & Ice Dale (Enslaved, I) being highlights.

The Underworld Regime has a haunting feel with demonic/evil sounds between the tracks to get you in the right mood. Ov Hell launch an all out musical assault with the ferocity of "Devil's Harlot" and impressive drummer Frost's (Satyricon) energetic kicks take off, his limbs getting a solid workout on this album. "Invoker" is a very powerful track with killer riffs, non English "Krigsatte Faner" and "Hill Norge" are both sung in Norwegian hence why the titles aren't translated, and this was a cool move as both are very enjoyable.

The Underworld Regime may not be extreme enough for some, or for those on the lookout for a black metal album that is totally innovative, this might fall a bit short. On the other hand if you really enjoy the fetching hellish metal of bands like Immortal then The Underworld Regime will be any easy choice, as this is one notable black metal album to introduce Ov Hell.

Track List:
1. Devil's Harlot
2. Post Modern Sadist
3. Invoker
4. Perpetual Night
5. Ghosting
6. Acts of Sin
7. Krigsatte Faner
8. Hill Norge

Added: May 18th 2010
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
Related Link: Band MySpace Page
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Language: english

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Ov Hell: The Underworld Regime
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2010-05-18 15:54:03
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Not sure what all the hatred is about regarding The Underworld Regime-you either love this sort of thing or you don't. Ov Hell is the new project featuring ex-Gorgoroth bassist King, Dimmu Borgir vocalist Shagrath, Satyricon drummer Frost, Enslaved guitarist Ice Dale, and 1349 guitarist Teloch. A 'black metal supergroup' you say? Yeah, that's pretty much the case, and while The Underworld Regime is not the most groundbreaking album you will hear coming from the black metal genre this year, it's a solid and enjoyable release nontheless.

For some, the lack of speed and unbridled, relentless brutality might be a point of contention. Many of the tracks seem to saddle into a mid-paced roar, which gives the songs a real sense of power as opposed to a dizzying onslaught of blast beats and rapid tremelo picked riffs. If you dig later period Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, and Old Man's Child, this will be right up your alley. Shagrath's evil rasps on "Post Modern Sadist" are a delight, and the spooky menace of "Invoker", complete with raging guitar riffs, Frost's jackhammer drum blasts, and Shagrath's chilling croaks, is quite effective. Give the guys credit also for the textured, doomy "Ghosting", a slow, plodding number, dripping with layers of guitar patterns from Ice Dale and Teloch, as well as the manic, melodic black metal feast that is the dramatic closer "Hil Norge".

Overall, this is a strong debut from the collective that calls themselves Ov Hell. With everyone's committments to their main bands, it's hard to say just what the future holds for the group, but seeing as King is basically the only one without a full-time gig at the moment, it wouldn't surprise me at all to see him gather up a new cast of characters in the event that the rest can't squeeze Ov Hell into their busy schedules.

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