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Narsarakh - Prevail

Narsarakh - Prevail

Label : Black Mystic Productions | Archive under black metal

Release type: Demo

Koen S. : Narsarakh is a black metal band from Brunei. Brunei, a country with 400,000 inhabitants and, according to available information, fourteen active metal bands. As far as I know, I never heard one song of any band from Brunei, so we can check that of the list after today as well.

The black metal that is brought on ‘Prevail’ is best described as 'primitive' and 'old school'. This style and sound quality you came across on demo cassettes in the late eighties/early nineties. Think ‘Into The Infernal Storm Of Evil’ from Samael or ‘Satanas Tedeum’ from Rotting Christ. At the time excellent demos of (in retrospect) great bands in their genre and therefore relevant. So in terms of sound and production you should not have too high expectations. This demo clearly is not recorded very professionally. The drums sound like pots and pans, but the old-fashioned vibe it breathes is pretty fun. I have nothing against this kind of blackened metal, but if you are bringing this music almost thirty years late, it should be at least as good as it was back in the days and that is just not the case here.

People who grew up in the early years of the black metal movement, could have liked this at the time probably, but those first demos mainly were a part of the evolution of extreme metal. For old times' sake, you could maybe appreciate an album as 'Prevail', but otherwise this is unnecessary stuff. If you like this kind of metal, just buy the latest album of Moenen Of Xezbeth, Perverted Ceremony or Void Meditation Cult.

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