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Halphas
Dawn of A Crimson Empire
Type: CD
Company: Folter Records
Release: 2017
Genre: Black
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Published: 2/2/2018
Black metal that pulls no punches and delivers some quality music
'Dawn of a Crimson Empire' is a modern black metal monster that offers up classic black metal sound and incorporates melodies and mid-paced riffing that really makes this beast formiddable. The vocals are a great mix of harsh screams, bone chilling howls and a few demonic rumbles. The vocal variety is much appreciated as it help keeps things fresh. Musically, you get some straight forward classic black metal that is intertwined with melodic harmonies and some of the best drumming I've heard in a long while on a bm release. "Sword of the Necromancer" really slows things down a bit and is one of my favorite tracks off the album due to the atmosphere, songwriting and vocal performance. I was highly impressed with this debut effort from Halphas and will continue to enjoy this one through the cold, bleak winter.
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.

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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