Kevin : Generally, I am a big supporter of Dutch black metal. I was therefore quite excited when I received this cd. But sometimes all the good will in the world is not enough. Odium Humani Generis is the debut of Dutch band Weltschmerz but honestly I find the whole quite underwhelming.
The band plays pretty standard fare black metal with quite a lot of melodic parts. First thing that is noticeable is the flat, almost muffled production. The drums are buried beneath a bunch of very dry guitars. The vocals too are as dry as can be. If there is any reverb or whatever used here, it is some very badly mixed effect. The vocals are a main breaking point for me. Never do I get the feeling there is any emotion or conviction behind them. No, this is more like talking in a black metal voice. No power, no conviction and completely not evil, not to mention the horrible accent. At the beginning of the third track I am, for a moment, ashamed to be Dutch. As far as the lyrics go, for what I can hear they are pretty bog standard too. Looking at this objectively, the playing is not bad at al. The musicians do know their way around their instruments, it`s just that nothing special or interesting comes out. As the album progresses it turns into a dreary, grey whole with no memorable moments whatsoever.
Weltschmerz fail to rise above mediocrity with their debut album. It is not a bad album, but also not an album I have to hear again. Every now and then a hint of potential is in there, but in those cases the bland vocals kill it. I cannot give this album a bad grade because it is not bad, but I will not give it more than the bare minimum.