Sunday, 20 December 2009
Metal tends to evolve in pockets... scenes. Mostly based on small groups of bands responsible for a similar sound that once getting attention, begin to influence their region. Usually this results in a few of the bands being "fathers" of a specific type of sound. In Greece, you had Rotting Christ, Necromantia and Varathron. The great difference in Greek (Hellenic) black metal is that the production was much warmer sounding, organic.. Whereas the more popular sound of the time was to crank the treble up and go for "cold" atmospheres. This is no doubt part of taking influence from different bands. The Scandinavians tended to worship Bathory, and as noted before on Xul, the Mediterranean bands tended to take more of a Mercyful Fate influence. This resulted in more midpaced material that sounded not only more human, but more traditional in their approach. Offered here is a collection of the early Varathron material. Including the legendary split with Necromantia "black arts lead to everlasting sins". Go for that, His Majesty at the Swamp and Walpurgisnacht first.