Chuck Schuldiner Project

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Blackhour - Sins Remain

It's been a long time since I've gotten to cover a metal band from Pakistan. There is something inherently fascinating to me about bands from that subcontinent – and I pray that metal can bring those divided nations together. The point being Blackhour play some impressive and tight modern metal that, while almost radio friendly at times, belies an impressive amount of talent and dedication in a country that often frowns on this kind of music. Well executed and surprisingly fun, their latest release Sins Remain is an engaging listen.

One of the weaknesses of this band is that despite their apparent talent Blackhour are fairly limited by technology. The mixes are often a little weak and the guitar tone could do with some tweaking. That being said – these guys are clearly top notch musicians. The solos are brilliantly executed and oftentimes singable, as the best solos are. The riffs are a lot of fun to, chunky and flashy they get at the true heart of metal. And while yes, the band does need to continue to mature, what they have managed to put together on Sins Remain is still impressive and suggests that these young men have far more potential than displayed on this album.

I'm not saying Sins Remain is a bad record as much as one that shows a band growing. There is a lot to be excited about with Blackhour. Their sound is fairly unique and the guitarists in this band are clearly great songwriters. I'm just curious to see what happens when they spend even more time crafting their music and putting together art that resonates. Blackhour understand the fundamental topres of the metal world and are pushing it forward in a country that desperately needs it, I salute them and I'm excited to see what comes next!

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