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Dark Vision - "Bestial Remedy" (Digipak)

Dark Vision - "Bestial Remedy" Digipak cover image

"Bestial Remedy" track listing:

1. Mute Monologue
2. Yearning Grotesque
3. Warpulse
4. Signs from Fallen Stars
5. Bestial Remedy

Reviewed by on June 23, 2010

"The tone is dark and ominous like traditional black metal with sound bites and spacey noises, as well as the occasional marching rhythm."

The digipack “Bestial Remedy” by Greek metallers Dark Vision is a mixture of two genres; black metal and industrial metal. The tone is dark and ominous like traditional black metal with sound bites and spacey noises, as well as the occasional marching rhythm.

Guitarist Markos plays the traditional black metal quick strum melody with European timing and bounciness. He does great work in “Signs from Fallen Stars” amid the space sound effects. The vocals are bleak in the best way possible. Giannis N. growls in a grotesque voice in two pitches (either high or low), but doesn’t use the echo that so many black metal bands use to make a grander sound. His sick voice stands alone in “Yearning Grotesque” and “Bestial Remedy”, so that you can hear every bit of it perfectly well.

The drumming by Giannis K. was notable throughout the album. He plays traditional black metal double bass in “Yearning Grotesque” and other songs, but peppered a few songs with a marching rhythm. He also plays a tribal rhythm in “Bestial Remedy.”

“Bestial Remedy” is not the most intense and hectic black metal out there, but it’s refreshing to hear straight-forward, angry black metal that does not rely on effects at every turn to sound scary. It is unpretentious and original in its delivery.

Highs: More organic black metal because it's not all done with sound effects.

Lows: Not as intense as it could be for the black metal parts. Maybe more industrial would help.

Bottom line: The real deal of black metal and the kind of sound you would hear at a show.

Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls
3.5 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)