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1349: Beyond the Apocalypse
Black Metal
Candlelight Records
May 4th, 2004
Release length: 47:32
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1349 have been gaining a lot of popularity lately, and their second full length, Beyond The Apocalypse, is only making this band name a house hold name for metal fans. Many of people look at this as a second coming of the true black metal sound, and it’s for obvious reasons, especially with this release.

If it’s the raw black metal sound that you have missed, then look further then Beyond The Apocalypse. The production quality on this release is much like that of the music one would hear on the first wave of true Norwegian black metal, being rather poor and muffled. While this is great, there is really no need for it unless their budget simply wouldn’t allow a better quality recording. The vocals are rather low in comparison to the drums and guitar, and both of those instruments just seem to fight for dominance.

But, if you can look past the recording quality, some of the album is actually really good. Why only some? There is practically nothing new on this release. Beyond The Apocalypse simply sounds like 1349 went through their old black metal collections and decided they would write exactly like how some of their favorite first wave black metal bands wrote. The drummer is also another issue on this release, as it just sometimes sounds as if he screwed up during the recording and then tried to play it off as if it were part of the song. Listen closely to “Beyond The Apocalypse”, as the bass kicks will sometimes not correspond with the music. Even though that happens once in a while through the album, it’s tracks like “Aiwass Aeon” and “Necronatalenheten” that show off how much of a monster this drummer really is.

Aside the two aforementioned tracks for their drumming, there really isn’t much else on this release really worth it until you reach “Blood Is The Mortar”. “Singer Of Strange Songs” is a pretty good track as well, but nothing you’ll really remember further down the line, but “Blood Is The Mortar”, as well as the following ballistic track “Internal Winter”, has the band messing around with the guitar riffs and brings us music that isn’t the same lame, heavily distorted riff over and over, and really pushes for some originality.

Beyond The Apocalypse is an intense black metal album, but it has many faults that can’t be overlooked. With a recording that seems to have instruments fighting for dominance over the record, and some pretty rough drumming on the first two songs, as well as a severe lack of originality and obvious worship of the first wave of black metal, this isn’t a release that will make you go absolutely insane. It’s a nice upgrade from their debut album, Legacy, and hopefully the band continues to grow on their next release. But, until then, this is just an album that breathes hellfire, but that breath does really go out that far.

01. Chasing Dragons – 6:31
02. Beyond the Apocalypse – 4:01
03. Aiwass Aeon – 3:32
04. Necronatalenheten – 4:30
05. Perished in Pain – 3:57
06. Singer of Strange Songs – 7:30
07. Blood is the Mortar – 3:52
08. Internal Winter – 7:41
09. The Blade – 5:58
Overall Score: 8.5/10


Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.