Founded on the Shambles (14.06.2012)
to the most beautiful german state. Here between the seas reigns the peace...
But a band from Kiel has made it their mission to plow up the land with rock
hard riffs and brute vocals. In 2008 Blackwater already started to develop their
own style. Their sound is raw, loud and aggressive, a mix of Death Metal and
Black Metal with deep growlings and skilled riffs. 2012 their first EP "Founded
on the shambles" was released. In this review we will take a look on this
downloadalbe EP. Now let the game beginn.....
The first song "Man is the cruelest animal" is a very fast one, hard and
aggressiv, and I needed a moment to categorize it into a genre. It uses a lot of
different elements of Death and Balck Metal. Deep roaring growls are supportet
by typical Black Metal screamings and the song gains a lot due to some
speedchanges which gives it an own atmosphare. Very remarkable are the drums,
it´s like a pure thunderstorm thats driving the song on and on. "Duality" goes
the same way, it is loud and brutal but has also a melodic part. It is a song
that goes streight into your neck. But it needs one or two times to catch a fire.
Lets talk about the 3rd song "Cross the Rubicon", no exception just raw and
merciless and fast. The listener will hear a real drumfire supported by great
guitar and basssound. "Cross the Rubicon" is a deliberately aggressive one and a
!!!MUST PLAY!!! on this EP.I think, I need a break, but also the next one, "Founded
on the Shambles" kicks straight into my balls. A driving sound, with whipping
guitars and drums. There is just a short moment to exhale, in a short interlude,
that eases the song a bit, but doesn´t take the brutality away.
Conclusion: Blackwater is plowing rude through the Death Metal, but the guys
from Kiel also know how to use the Black Metal elements. The vocals are between
deep diabolic growlings and typical screamings, that gives them a good variation.
But most of all i have to think about their drumfire, is it too good? Did they
use the help of a
drumcomputer? If my thoughts are wrong, the drummer must have wrists of steel
because the speed is sometimes so domn high.In my opinion I can surely recommend
"Sounded on shambles" to friends of hard sounds.
Cover: 9/10 Booklet: 9/10