EVIL AMIDST, THE - Lords of the Nine
GENRE: Death / black metal
LABEL: Self financed
YEAR: September 29th, 2010
REVIEWED BY: PSL
PROVIDED BY: Metal Matters
The Evil Amidst is a five-piece out of Florida. The band consist of people from bands like Malevolent Creation, Kamelot and Kult Ov Azazel to name some.
The music is a mix of death metal and black metal. Usually I'm not a big fan of that kind of mix, but the band is able to make it interesting. Many of the riffs are the usual kind of thing, but that doesn't change that the music is likeable. It definitely doesn't hurt either that the five-piece use a bit of keyboard here and there. It does add greatly to the feel of the songs. I also like that solos pop up now and then. These do also add a lot to the feel of the music.
I often don't like if the tempo of the music is moderate as it can have a boring effect on the songs. The tempo on Lords of the Nine mostly is moderate, but The Evil Amidst is largely able to get away with it. Find "Of Ice and Skin", "Evil Amidst", "Desecrator", or "Lord Serpent Rise", take a look at the bands MySpace page and you'll know what I mean.
The vocals are standard. It's the standard death metal vocal mixed with a harsh, black metal type of vocal. It's not exactly all that diverse, but it works.
Lords of the Nine is no magnum opus. It's not an effort that will set The Evil Amidst apart from so much else in the genre. But that doesn't change that Lords of the Nine is a good effort that has enough matter to be interesting.