Black Crucifixion, "The Fallen One of Flames"
Two dudes form the adolescent Black Crucifixion in the early nineties and slowly fade away. Featuring Intro and Outro credits by Holocausto Vengeance of Beherit and three plodding demo tracks of minimalist black metal that falls somewhere between lo-fi Graveland and somewhat organized Nargaroth, The Fallen One of Flames was recorded in January 1992, and now upon this day it is re-released as some sort of kult stalwart of Finnish black metal. Or something, I do not know. What I do know is that the three songs featured are seemingly ahead of their time for the day and age in which they were conceived; warbly scratches and production blemishes aside, the depressive meandering and whispered vocals of “Flowing Downwards” would fit in nicely with the panda faced hordes of today or the Darkthrone contemporaries of 5-10 years ago. The pace thickens with “Master Spirit,” the whispered chants remain, the beat is upped and the decidedly organic production intact. It is nice to hear the gritty natural production from 15 years ago that I know was not intentionally flawed per the “true” sects of today. All babbling aside, The Fallen One of Flames is a unique look into the Finnish Black Metal past, Black Crucifixion being a forefather or not (read the liner notes for a full, uncensored history) these three quick tracks are certainly worth your time if the region and genre tickles your fancy.Justin.S