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Breag Naofa - Breag Naofa

Shostakovich   (109 reviews)

Posted: 02/18/2012 | Comments: 0 | Rate:

Started out this review literally knowing absolutely nothing about this band until I hit play. Always refreshing to do something like that.

Breag Naofa are a Seattle band, seemingly linked to any number of local metal and hardcore acts such as Trial. Don't let that fool you. The name of the game here is very slow, paced out metal, bordering on sludge. No real new ground is broken here, but there are small little aspects that I really picked up on and enjoyed much more than other bands of this style. First off, the production here is incredibly tasteful. So many bands like this pile on the Sunn amps and destroy the subtlety that only a record can give this music. On record, Breag sounds heavy, but restrained enough to keep all the instruments audible and in great contrast.

The songs, while long, are quite simplistic at times, and even a little repetitive, but still draw a decent atmosphere. A couple of times the tempo shifts into an all out d-beat attack, thankfully breaking up any monotony that might present itself. Indeed it does occasionally get monotonous with uni-dimensional screaming vocals and periods where the same riff is played for minutes at a time, but at least the riffs are pretty good.

I can't quite put my finger on extremely similar bands, but think of a much more simplified Isis, with a little Crowbar sludge, and a lot of the seemingly pervasive post-hardcore styled metal that's been out for the past decade or so. Perhaps envision the slow end part of "My Heart Bleeds The Darkest Blood" by Shai Hulud, stretched out for 10 minutes, and talking about how evil organized religion is.

I'm glad I got to hear this album as a record first, rather than seeing the band live, because I do not take well to this kind of music played live. It's great to be able to sit and listen to all the little intricacies on your own time and at your own volume. This is a perfect record to tune out the rest of the world with. Recommended for all fans of metal at the speed of slugs.

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