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1349: Revelations of the Black Flame
Black Metal
Candlelight Records
May 25th, 2009
Release length: 44:53
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Revelations Of The Black Flame, the latest full length offering by black metal act 1349 isn’t quite what you would expect. If you hope to read this review to hear praisings of how the band continues it’s black musical onslaught, similar to previous releases, then you will be greatly disapointed. Revelations Of The Black Flame is not like any 1349 album you may have heard before, as the band takes their vision in a whole other direction.

To put it simply, this release is a doom metal influenced album with shades of Dimmu Borgir in there. The only original songs on here are “Serpentine Sibilance”, “Maggot Fetus…Teeth Like Thorns” and “Uncreation”. Out of these three, “Maggot Fetus…Teeth Like Thorns” is the worst, being a throw back to the old school first wave black metal sound (think bands like Venom). The song is great until the really fast double bass kicks in and destroys the flow of the song and becomes a rather stereotypical black metal song that continuously changes it’s sound throughout, sounding almost as if the entire band took a seizure at once. Near the end, the song kicks back to the original sound, then what has to be a guitar solo appears out of nowhere in the background and screws the flow up once more.

“Serpentine Sibilance” and “Uncreation”, however, are the two more doom infused tracks of the release. “Serpentine Sibilance” is an alright track, but “Uncreation” is the more stand out track. The song starts off a little rough, but picks up as the song goes on and just kicks major ass by the end of the song. But, that’s not the only three tracks on here. There is also a cover of the Pink Floyd track “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun” which is an alright ambient track if you never heard the original, but if you have, you’ll realize that they basically destroyed the original by adding what sounds like machin gun double bass kicks, high pitch distortions a little more then half way in. Had these elements not been added, it would have been a decent cover.

The rest of the album is all just ambient filler. It seems as if 1349 is progressing toward the “KVLT”-we-recorded-this-in-my-mother’s-bathroom black metal movement. The three interlude tracks (they aren’t instrumentals as they are mostly noise with maybe some guitar chords in there). “Horns” and “Solitude” are alright if you just want to listen to something mellow, or dare I say, reminiscent of Pink Floyd, but “Misanthropy” is just annoying as hell, as it utilizes the sound of an old projector rolling through two thirds of the track, which will make you want to take the CD out of the player and make you want to break it in half. But that’s not all, remember the mentioning of the obnoxiously long introduction track “Invocation”? Well, “At The Gate…” is exactly the same, and makes you realize this has all been some sort of twisted conceptual album. But if you pay attention closely at the end of “At The Gate…” you will realize that all your suffering means nothing. Why? because this concept album DOESN’T HAVE AN ENDING!!! You are left with the title as the closing. At the gate of what? What gate was I going for through this journey? You’ll never know…

So, in essence, this release is more of an EP then a full length. You have an introduction track that is too long for it’s own good, three interlude tracks, a cover song, and three normal songs, only two of which are good, and a drone-like outro that doesn’t conclude what has to be a fouled up conceptual album. Had the interlude tracks been placed on a seperate disc, and more songs recorded like “Uncreation”, then this could have been one hell of a two disc set! Instead, you’re listening to what sounds like some sort of screwed up ambient “KVLT” black metal album that should never have been forged from the black flame. To put it simply, 1349 is trying to be the black metal version of Pink Floyd and fails miserably at doing so.

01. Invocation – 6:13
02. Serpentine Sibilance – 4:35
03. Horns (Interlude) – 3:04
04. Maggot Fetus…Teeth Like Thorns – 3:46
05. Misanthropy (Interlude) – 3:33
06. Uncreation – 6:59
07. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (Pink Floyd cover) – 6:13
08. Solitude (Interlude) – 3:38
09. At The Gate… – 6:52
Overall Score: 1.5/10


Digital review copy of this release provided by personal funds.