Anonymous Artist (Rhinocervs 2012)
For those of you unfamiliar with the Rinocervs label, they are a primarily tape label that specializes in obscure and new black metal acts. When I say obscure, I fucking mean it. More than half of their releases have been by anonymous artists usually going by some sort of symbol. See that round thing above the reels on the tape? That is this bands “name.” So rather than referring to a release by the band name, people have just been going by what release it is. This is Rhinocervs’s seventh release or Rhinocervs 7 or RH7 whatever.
For the most part, the Rhinocervs catalogue is quite impressive musically. It’s all top notch black metal that’s well written, played and delivered. Number 7 here, kind of missed the boat.
It’s not bad per se, it’s just kind of uneven. At some points it wants to be doom metal, and some points there is melodic viking metal parts, and then black ambience. The individual tracks are well done, but the pacing overall is quite uneven, and the songs don’t seem like they are from the same band. Normally variety in genres is a great thing, but when you are an anonymous band, how the fuck do I know this isn’t just a compilation or something? I don’t know.
This isn’t bad, but I’d go for some of the other anonymous Rhinocervs tapes before this one.