The Ultimate Crescendo of Hell (Split w/ Panchrysia)
2006, Shiver Records
Iconoclasm, "The Ultimate Crescendo of Hell (Split w/ Panchrysia)"
Iconoclasm rounds out the second half of this all-Belgian blast-filled black metal affair. This foursome forgoes the corpse paint and adds a much healthier dose of death metal to their attack. Actually it could be argued that the band is a death metal bland that adds a blackened edge to their music, which I think is their strongest quality. Their ability to appeal to a broader base makes their side of the split is by far the more interesting half with a more dimensional sound and a higher level of speed and technicality.
The higher level of speed displayed by Iconoclasm coupled with shorter song lengths helps to keep things moving and ultimately makes for a more interesting listen. Although they are consistently speedy in their delivery, they employ a good amount of time changes to keep the blasting from getting monotonous. Take for instance the appealing lead work of "Boadice" coupled with raw, fierce blackened riffing; the song moves right along alternating between buzzing, blasting guitars and more angular death riffing. "No Pity, No Fear" slows things down in the middle with a nice mid-paced atmospheric riff before speeding back up to a furious pace.
On the whole, Iconoclasm's half of the split is much more interesting and solid in the song writing department. Much like Panchrysia, these guys aren't the only band doing this sort of thing and they aren't the best, but they play the style more than competently and deserve a listen from any black metal fan.