OTHAR ” Euthanasia of Existence”

OTHAR
” Euthanasia of Existence”
(Deathrune Records)

Battle Helm Rating

I don’t think that I am no different than any other having grown up on VoiVod in expecting something cool when you see a band name that makes you use your imagination in making any sort of sense of what the hell the band name stands for. With OTHAR I have no clue what to expect. But if it is anything like it was when I first discovered VoiVod then this is going to be a hell of a ride. But that is perhaps to expect too much as those moments are few and far between. But OTHAR are too shabby a band. This is black metal that strongly reminds me of Mayhem’s monumental album. It has that same vibe. And for every album that mimics that influential album you get a bit more jaded because, seriously, how many times can you make coffee using the same beans. But somehow bands keep coming up with new ways. This is isn’t the most up tempo black metal you’ll find but it does work in favour of OTHAR. They go more for the ambience than the full force. And it does work surprisingly well for me too. Anders Ekdahl

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