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Storm of Yi
Mother of Doom
the Howl of Wood
(Dawn of the Ages)
Salaí Ereshkigal - Vocals
Baal Taran - Programming, piano, guitars, synths
BENATNASH: "War Prophecies" benatnash
review by Alex "Costa Rican Fan" Ramirez___
war and misanthropy
using human history as a backbone.
is a Symphonic Medieval Black Metal formed
in México City in 2001 by Salaí Ereshkigal y Baal Taran.
is a star of the Ursa Major constellation, this star since
Mesopotamian times announces disasters and destruction. According to the
legend when this star shines and her crimson light fills the sky, the
great prostitute will ride triumphant to bring the end of humanity. The
main concept of the band is war and misanthropy using human history as a
is definitively an excellent production. The material is presented in a
professional way and features excellent production and a prime quality
medieval master piece begins with a great intro called “War Prophecies”
an epic brief moment of peace before the war is unleashed.
second track is called “Black Cyclone”, a real tornado of hatred and
magic. The structure of the songs presents all the required elements:
the brutality and the melody, the darkness and the aggression.
song features the creepy keyboards that will lead the way thru the whole
production. As well as an angry powerful vocal performance also
complemented with mid-paced harmony filled sections. The emotions run
high as Salai preaches about the imminent doom of the human race.
I’m not a huge fan of the programmed drums, there seems to be a huge
effort to make them as human as possible with lots of speed changes and
surprises to the listener. The thing that I really liked about the drums
is that their sound is crystal clear, so they really allow the listener
to enjoy the components of each track instead of the typical black metal
wall of drums.
third track “Red Storm Of Yi”, give us a minute of acoustic heaven
before pouring a storm of corrosive vocals.
the 4th track “Great Mother Of Doom” There are some great melodic
parts that will take in a journey to an ancient time, a place full of
torment and tales of an upcoming reign of chaos and destruction. It is
indeed a recollection of horrific prophecies. And I must tell you that
it was my favorite song.
creative writing of the incredible talented Salai is impregnated in
every track. You can’t help to surrender to this sonic world they have
created, and travel through the landscapes full of burned corpses and
fifth track “Benatnash” must be a live killer. It’s a song with a
special meaning for the band.
are some other great tracks in this production like the 8th
track “Necrocosmos”, a real atmospheric piece of art full of a
creepy cemetery-like feeling, or “From Eternal Glory” an incredible
This is definitively a unique production, both in their musical and philosophical approaches. A must have for Black metallers everywhere. So buy it and surrender to it as the story of the destruction of mankind unfolds before you.
Alex Ramirez 09.01.2008
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