Black metal is one of those styles that is pretty difficult to master and perfect. When it is done well, it is absolutely furious and captivating, even near unnerving at its best; but when it isn’t, it can be an absolute shambles. Unwittingly falling into the latter camp is Cleveland based Manticore.
“Behold The Ascension Of The Execrated” seems to stumble head first at great pace into several trap holes that this particular genre seems to have, ones which have maybe ruined many a band before. The first real notable thing about this is the production issues. Although a rawer sound can be a common feature of black metal, there is a line that many bands cross, and this is the case here as well. A very weak, muffled production which loses whatever force and power this had to begin with, which isn’t a lot.
Song wise as well this is very formulaic and one dimensional; which wouldn’t be so big a problem if the songs were up to strength but they just aren’t. Manticore are definitely trying to come across as evil and furious but if anything this just comes across as boring.
Definitely not the first band to make such mistakes concerning the production or the singular song writing in this particular genre, not by a long shot; but this doesn’t make this album any more forgivable. Manticore certainly try a lot to sound menacing and terrifying in their music but none of it comes to effect. “Behold The Ascension Of The Execrated” just doesn’t have any real feeling that a lot of black metal does; the only feeling this really gives is that of a “meh”.