Brown Jenkins - Angel Eyes review

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Band: Brown Jenkins
Album: Angel Eyes
Release date: April 2008

01. Black Procession
02. Angel Eyes
03. The Ash Eaters
04. Like A Sword Through Worlds
05. Forever Funerals
06. Pale Conqueror
07. Seven - Joy In Darkness

Upon the very first seconds of Brown Jenkins's début album "Angel Eyes" every shred of sunlight is enveloped by an omnipotent shrouding darkness. No joy for the world. A cold, icy hand greets you and lures you into the realms of death. Slowly, the drums revitalize the atmosphere a bit, but their attempts are often futile and the listener is left for dead.

It may be a strange comparison, but their type of distortion and riffs remind me most of Hjarnidaudi's début album. Yes, the drone/doom band from Norway. Of course, whereas Hjarnidaudi's riffs sound like a sun burning the flesh of your bones, and Brown Jenkins' riffs have the tendency to impale you with a frosted spike, they have the same pulverizing, droning attitude.

The vocals are in the best cthulhu-funeral doom tradition. Deep growls, which give the impression an ancient, long-forgotten abomination of the sea's mirky depths is awakening and preparing for another thousand-years reign of terror.

My only complaint is, that throughout the record, changes are kept minimal and for some, it may get a little tedious. Overall though, Brown Jenkins proves that the mysterious depressive/doom/drone Black Metal genre is not dead yet and that minimalistic music is not boring by definition.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Production: 8


Written on 05.05.2008 by If you're interested in extreme, often emotional and underground music, check out my reviews. I retired from reviewing, but I really used to be into that stuff.

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