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Under The Smell Of Chaos
(Adipocere Records)

It seems Black Metal is raging wild for now in France, and DESTINITY gives us another proof of this. "Under The Smell Of Chaos" (an awkward title if you ask me) is already their third, but the first one I have the opportunity to listen to. Their label tags them as "Symphonic Black Metal" , certainly referring to the heavy use of keyboards throughout the album. But except for the track 'Evil Moon' whose the intro is based on a sort of an operatic mode, don't expect too much pomp from this six piece. All the songs are brutally textured and offer an interesting contrast between the usual Black Metal shrieks and the deep growls inherited from brutal Death. You know already I like to make comparisons to help the readers understand better what a particular band sounds like (and not to suggest a lack of originality in the first place), so let's say DESTINITY reminds me of the first BAL SAGOTH semi classic album, minus the spoken parts the Englishmen are so fond of. The music owns more to Death Metal than pure Black Metal, even if the musicians stay faithful visually wise to the established code of the Black Metal attitude, that is corpse paints and "evil" glares. The songs are rather short and to the point, making "Under The Smell Of Chaos" enjoyable to listen to. On the other hand, the originality factor will not strike you at once, in that regard even the basic cover art (again, a burning pentagram) gives us a clear clue about the derivative aspect of the release. To sum it up, DESTINITY offer us quality music but I am afraid they not belong to the first league yet. Certainly a good album, but nothing much more. Note that a video segment is featured here, shot last year during a live performance. Contact:

Edouard Vergriete

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