Elitist – Fear In A Handful Of Dust

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Published on: July 13, 2011

Elitist is an death/black metal band with roots in the hardcore scene from Portland, Oregon. They’ve released a couple of demos, EP’s and split albums before, however Fear In A Handful Of Dust is their first full-length album. Let’s take a closer look what kind of sonic mayhem they got to offer.

Raw and primitive, those are the two words which come to mind when listening to Fear In A Handful Of Dust. This band isn’t about fancy guitar wizardry or jazzy time-signatures. Elitist is a juggernaut made of the crudest elements of doom metal, black metal, death metal and sludge core. Say Eyehategod or Acid Bath meets Celtic Frost, spiced up with the occasional Soilent Green inspired burst of speed. It’s deadly effective, tracks like Burning The Unspoken Gospel, Black Wool, A Howling Wind and Human All To Human are shining examples of that.

The secret is that Elitist knows to construct memorable songs. This strategem keeps the musical violence structured, thus enhancing its effectiveness. Also the psychedelic effects used enhances the listening experience. The vitriolic vocals by singer Joshua Green adds to the savageness of Fear In A Handful Of Dust.

The production of this album is as Spartan as they come. The crude and unpolished sound gives Fear In A Handful Of Dust a particulary nasty aggressive drive.

This album is not for the faint-hearted. However, if you like your metal crude and agressive then Fear In A Handful Of Dust by Elitist is the record to go for!

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