Black Tribe – Promo

Newer Black Tribe is positively poppy music compared to the original releases of sprawling musical Dadaism, despite what its prickly aesthetic might want you to believe. Frosty intro ‘Suffering’ aside, the music on Black Tribe’s ‘Promo’ can be described as quite listenable without even the slightest trace of irony, apart from the natural amount that comes with discussing black metal as being pleasing in any conventional manner. But suffice to say it’s a hell of a lot more ‘fun’ to hear than the distortion-drenched hell of ‘War’ or the awkwardly martial bitterness of ‘Inferno’, and even Gill himself has described the newer music of Black Tribe to be at least superficially accessible. And there’s not a banjo or tambourine in sight!

So after you hit the skip button to escape the fairly pointless intro you arrive at the first of the three Black Tribe originals here, ‘From The Depth Of Hell’, which manages to sound like every black metal band in the world but never one specifically, yet manages to outclass most of them simply by not trying. Perhaps this is what sets Black Tribe so far apart from other bands: John Gill truly has nothing to prove, no ambition to break out into something ‘progressive’ or ‘unique’; just a workmanlike breed of creativity that functions on its own exclusively. And on the off chance that the music does branch off into territory that can be described as atypical, it’s never merely to be so like some Opeth album; it’s simply for the use of the music, such as with the strange structuring and instrumentation on ‘Drowning In Melancholy’ or the echoing background vocals on that track and ‘Intellectual Misogynism’.

The music is simple and raw, as to be expected, and doesn’t toy around particularly with experimentation. Songs have two or three riffs each because more are unnecessary; and at two minutes, simple alternation is enough to establish sufficient variety. The length averages at under three minutes, and it’s plenty of time to get a point across and run along to the next. Programmed drums are simple and good and not particularly noticably synthetic (not that it would particularly matter if it were). Like nearly all quality metal, the meat of this music rests on the guitar riffs, which are uniformally good and intense throughout. The (seemingly slightly distorted) vocals rasp goblin style, just noticable enough to keep things interesting but not enough to distract you from the riffs. Thus, exactly what vocals should be.

So in conclusion Black Tribe’s ‘Promo’ is short and sweet and for that reason better than anything Xasthur has ever put out. The cover is boring so just listen to ‘From The Depth Of Hell’ again instead. It’s also free so you should download it and have a big Black Tribe party with all your friends. Everyone together now: SUPREMACY. DOMINATION. INTELLECTUAL. MISOGYNISM. Those are values that I stand by, and you should too.

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~ by noktorn on August 2, 2007.

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