Black Crucifixion - Promethean Gift
Promethean Gift is the second mini album that the Finnish black metallers Black Crucifixion released back in 1993. Itâs been quite a while, but it seems that the band got lots of good reviews and a constant demand for the disc. Reason enough to print a re-release, aaaight?
Itâs something different from what the die-hard black metal fan is used to, but that may just be my assumption. The slow pace that defines classic black metal albums is carried on through this mini-album, and the quality is loads better than Iâd initially expected. Instead of three-spore tapings, thereâs a fully digitally (re)mastered track list featured on Promethean Gift, a pleasant surprise to say the least. Alas, that only goes for the mini-album itself. The bonus discs are three-spore tapings. But for the fan and the cult freak (according to the biography Iâm bringing shame to myself right now by calling those tracks âcultâ) they are a nice addition.
The vocals stand out in particular, not because of the brutal screaming / grunting, but more because of the lack thereof. One could easily argue that dark black metal needs a dark, grim voice rather than flesh tearing screams, but I think it would fit the atmosphere better the other way around. The bonus tracks actually do feature the classic filthy black metal guttural scream, which quite simply made my day. Itâs just a pity that the quality of the aforementioned tracks is not even worth crying over. Furthermore, letâs not discuss technicality here; itâs the simplicity of the music that makes it actually quite enjoyable to listen to and encourages you to delve deeper to actually discover the band, not just to take notion and empty your bladder afterwards.
Black Crucifixion is a band that needs time - time to listen to and time to discover. In all honesty I can say that I need more time with the bandâs work to be able to fully appreciate them. I do believe, however, that they must have some âtitanâ cohones.