Company: Black Market Metal
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Xaemora is another American black metal band looking to make their mark on the genre. With 'Pandemonium's Ocean', Xaemora has stamped their name proudly into the black metal book of blasphemy. While the sound is mainly more modern black metal, you can tell through some nods in the songs and in the production that the band are well-versed with the classic periods of black metal. But what is really impressive is how Xaemora melds the two styles together and does it their way. I wish the production were a bit more crisp and full but even with the slightly muffled production, the album still sounds menacing and clear enough to distinguish each instrument. If you want some quality black metal to keep you company through the upcoming winter, dive in to 'Pandemonium's Ocean' and plumb those icy depths.
About this Writer:Greg Watson
// Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.