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Bjarm
Imminence
Type: CD
Company: Foto Ltd
Release: 2014
Genre: Black
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 8/1/2014
Extremists will love it, but may have heard it all before
Symphonic Russian black metal? Yes, Bjarm is representing. This six-piece band was formed in 2009 in the Severodvinsk region. ‘Imminence’, the band’s debut, isn’t the most original thing in the world. Yet what it lacks in originality it surely makes up with in presentation. Epic symphonic pieces serve like grand cinematic movie scores to enhance the band’s delivery. The opening track, “Approaching the Close”, is a wind-swept, bell-ringing ode to the Apocalypse. The instrumental is the perfect curtain jerker for “Knowledge of Doom”, a frosty extreme bite filled with death vocals over a brooding mid-pace beat. Guitars churn and burn and never reach full “blackened” speed. It’s obviously influenced by the likes of Behemoth and maybe the flare of Dimmu Borgir. I like when the band moshes through the permafrost, evident on “The Nine Worlds” with its jagged stomp riffs at the midway. Extremists will love it, but may have heard it all before.
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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