Patria - Hymns Of Victory And Death review



Reviewer:
5.5

1 user:
8.00
Band: Patria
Album: Hymns Of Victory And Death
Release date: July 2009


01. Darkness Arise
02. Hymns of Victory And Death
03. Old Blood Legacy
04. Unholy Cold Crypts
05. Here Comes the Winter
06. Third Circle
07. Immortal Hate
08. Patria


I would like to think that people wouldn't begrudge me if I were to say I only listened to this album once and reviewed from there. That isn't the case but I really don't think anyone could blame me if it were so. This is a Darkclone, a middling, albeit enthusiastic Darkclone, from the cold, grim lands of Brazil... oh wait, that's not right. Scratch that last bit. Repeated listens of this kind of music seldom reveal new pastures of depth and intrigue. Patria basically do what they say on the tin.

Fair play to them though, Mantus and his buddies make absolutely no qualms about their style, nor do they try to hide it. They revel in the exploits of "Necro Raw Metal" with an almost charming vigor, often to the point where one could think they're doing something new. But of course they aren't. It's pretty standard stuff: chilly, frost-bitten, punky riffs à la old-school create a well-worn visual picture of men in corpse-paint and unnaturally tight leather trousers in a forest/glacier/castle ruin/insert image doing dark things; black things; things in shadows; bad things; things Garth… things, which I suppose will always have a place amongst the new and the stubborn. Oddly enough though there is a standout track that features a shade or two of Huldrafolk-era Wyrd; the rawness aside the overt background harmonies marks "Old Blood Legacy" as a short lived but pleasant distraction from the rest of the buzzing guitar and raspy vocals of other tracks.

So all things considered there's nothing inherently bad about this, just middle-finger to the face unoriginality. Anyone with a penchant for the early 90's black metal sound will surely lap this up - it's honest, to the point and relatively well played. Just don't expect innovation.

And anyway, any band that actually uses the term "outdated" as a description of their sound is always worth an extra half-point in my book.

Written by !J.O.O.E.! | 26.10.2010


 


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27.10.2010 - 01:02
Darkside Momo
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And anyway, any band that actually uses the term "outdated" as a description of their sound is always worth an extra half-point in my book.

Do they really?
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"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you" - Ray Bradbury

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I'm stealing back my soul
I'm awake now"
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27.10.2010 - 01:16
DerRozzengarten
Odysseus
Frostbitten brazilian true black metsol? Sounds krieg (not)
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Dec. 30, 1334.

...And the whiskey and wine entered our veins when blood was too weak to carry on.
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27.10.2010 - 03:17
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Darkside Momo on 27.10.2010 at 01:02

Quote:
And anyway, any band that actually uses the term "outdated" as a description of their sound is always worth an extra half-point in my book.

Do they really?

Haha, yep, check the last sentence of the second paragraph on their myspace. They also say "archaical" which I'm not sure is a word.

http://www.myspace.com/blackmetalpatria
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27.10.2010 - 03:20
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by DerRozzengarten on 27.10.2010 at 01:16

Frostbitten brazilian true black metsol? Sounds krieg (not)

I know, they should be singing about sweltering hot rainforest rituals. Of course their make-up wouldn't last long in that climate.
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27.10.2010 - 03:27
Darkside Momo
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Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 27.10.2010 at 03:17

Written by Darkside Momo on 27.10.2010 at 01:02

Quote:
And anyway, any band that actually uses the term "outdated" as a description of their sound is always worth an extra half-point in my book.

Do they really?

Haha, yep, check the last sentence of the second paragraph on their myspace. They also say "archaical" which I'm not sure is a word.

http://www.myspace.com/blackmetalpatria

Oh, yeah indeed. That's so tr00 is was well worth the raise in the notation
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"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you" - Ray Bradbury

"I've lost too many years now
I'm stealing back my soul
I'm awake now"
Abney Park (Letter Between A Little Boy & Himself As An Adult)
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27.10.2010 - 13:03
Merchant of Doom
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 27.10.2010 at 03:17

Haha, yep, check the last sentence of the second paragraph on their myspace. They also say "archaical" which I'm not sure is a word.

http://www.myspace.com/blackmetalpatria


I hope your Portuguese is better than his English...
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27.10.2010 - 14:26
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Merchant of Doom on 27.10.2010 at 13:03

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 27.10.2010 at 03:17

Haha, yep, check the last sentence of the second paragraph on their myspace. They also say "archaical" which I'm not sure is a word.

http://www.myspace.com/blackmetalpatria


I hope your Portuguese is better than his English...

Doubtful.
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