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Black Harvest - "White Light Came Down" (CD)

Black Harvest - "White Light Came Down" CD cover image

"White Light Came Down" track listing:

1. Die Lavinia
2. Let Us Go
3. Tamora
4. Remnant
5. New Years Day
6. Lamentation
7. White Light Came Down
8. Hypocrisy Apocalypse

Reviewed by on April 29, 2006

"Appealing to a broad audience of metal heads this album captures everything between black and death metal, as well as jazz."

Black Harvest is one of those heavy bands that can’t be placed into a single sub-genre. Taking influences from black, death, progressive metal and jazz this band creates a sound that isn’t heard often enough. Though musically straightforward at times, there are enough subtle overtones to the music that give it its unique flavor.

The opening track “Die Lavinia” begins with a straightforward simple metal riff containing enough rests to catch you off guard and moves into a melodic solo 23 seconds into the song to compliment the vocalist’s screams. At about a minute and a half into the song, the vocalist switches to singing and the guitar chords become more complex than power chords for the chorus. The song then goes back to the first verse. This band doesn’t need speed, as this song isn’t fast, but it delivers the drive needed for head banging and metal. This alone separates Black Harvest from a lot of metal bands in the death and black metal genres, since many of them want to play faster and faster. At around 4 minutes there is a short and slow interlude with guitar and bass leading back into the chorus, it serves its purpose effectively. The song ends with a minute of piano. Most songs on this album come in at about six and a half minutes in length.

The next song “Let Us Go” is fast, in comparison to the first song, full of complex rhythms and chords, and enough changes to satisfy progressive metal fan’s musical taste. There’s even a bunch of blast beats for the black and brutal death metal fans. This song really shows the band’s sound more than the first, “Die Lavinia”, which is probably more of a single than anything. Though the song displays all of the elements they use, it is not at the level and intensity that these are shown throughout the rest of the album. The song “Lamentation” starts off with chanting and then proceeds into a more typical black metal guitar harmony run with blast beats backing it.

Appealing to a broad audience of metal heads, this album captures everything between black and death metal, as well as jazz. The band's songwriting is what makes their music work so well, which is something most bands lack. This album really shows what this band can create. The one thing missing is the real musicianship of the band. The band shows some, but most of the time their music could be improved if they demonstrated more of their talent through their instruments, rather than just song writing. Overall, if you like black or death metal you should check this band out because you won’t be disappointed.

Highs: Production and songwriting

Lows: Musicianship

Bottom line: Not your ordinary metal album.

Rated 4.0 out of 5 skulls
4.0 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)