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Besatt – “Impia Symphonia” – [Red Stream]

Rat King   12/14/2016   A Library, CD

Violin practice

Besatt are a four-part Polish black metal band, but their name means “possessed” in Swedish and Norwegian (hero worship, probably). Besatt have been around since the late nineties, and Impia Symphonia was originally put out on Warheart Records (Perdition, Graveland) in 2015, but we’ve got the Red Stream, Inc. reissue. That’s Hollee Hazard/Hazzard/Kohl on the front, by the way- credit where credit is due.

The whole thing starts off with wind noises, which is a good sign in my world. The wind is joined by guitars, then a wolf howling, and then drums. I hear it’s cold in Poland. There is at times a somewhat unusual, more traditional “rock” sound to the guitar work. Besatt features some instances of male vocal harmonising (chanting on track 2, singing on t. 5), but it’s mostly guys yelling in/at snow. The guitar parts can actually be quite pretty, especially on t. 3 and 5. Addicts of necrotic sound might find this album unsatisfying, but creatures who seek out more depressive stuff should do alright. The songs are all in Polish, but I’m pretty sure they’re largely about Satan. There are lyrics in the booklet, so you can just look at the pretty pictures and tell people that you did your homework.

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