OF HUMAN BONDAGE - THE GOAT SESSIONS VOLUME 1 - SINISTER SOUNDS
Although it is too early to tell with certainty Sinister Sounds can turn into a great true metal record label. The label's follow-up to the Eternal CD, its inaugural aural blaspheme of the universe, comes in the form of a MCD by Winnipeg's Of Human Bondage.
Bent on exposing the sheer hypocrisy of religion, the Somerset Maugham-inspired Canadian project, serves notice that the act is cacophonous black metal for those who lament the commercialization of Darkthrone! This is indeed underground stuff with music and production values to match, but the rage and anger coupled with dedication of purpose is plain for all to see or hear. There is not much musical maturity to speak of here, but listening to the lead riffs on New World Misanthropy or The Summoning are like bearing head-on for collision with the anti-Christ. Fans of Burzum, Darkthrone and Perditor should embrace this. - Ali "The Metallian"
OF HUMAN BONDAGE - THE GOAT SESSIONS VOL.II... - SINISTER SOUNDS
Rooted in the Darkthrone school of black metal vehemence Of Human Bondage is a Canadian band with a definite story, a fixed intent and music bordering on unholy white noise. Darkthrone, Pan-thy-monium and occult ambient blares are wrapped in a mystical shroud bent on opening eyes to a different reality and one which is clearly disdainful of Christianity - to put it mildly. It must be very upsetting to bands like this to see the advance, growth and further entrenchment of Christianity as time progresses. All for naught? Maybe.
Of Human Bondage could have fared better grade-wise were it not for the clichéd use of intros and samples and the occasional appearance of the damned piano, but the pointless track Long For the Great Darkness and the outro aside, The Goat Sessions Vol. II Antichristendom, A Revelation is the kind of demented black metal that could have only been spawned in the underbelly of the beast.
As for Sinister Sounds, one would not be exaggerating by wondering out loud whether the band has become the ultimate black metal label. Every single release from the label has been a blasphemous tour-de-force. Given the fakery of competitors who, on the one hand, promise to napalm the listener and then churn out spa music instead or bait and switch by inserting pop rock in lieu of black metal one dare say Sinister Sounds has a shot at conquering the scene only if only it can stay in business long enough. - Ali “The Metallian”
OF HUMAN BONDAGE - SALVATION, AT ONE WITH HELL - SINISTER SOUNDS
Salvation, At One With Hell is The Goat Sessions Volume III and the final chapter in the Goat trilogy. The Canadian band from the frozen tundra had shown much promise on its last album. Unfortunately, the promise will go unfulfilled.
At the risk of sounding blasé, Of Human Bondage 2007 is plain and simple boring black metal. There might be actual power or passion behind the mad riffs and various grunts and growls, but if they are there, they have been masked by the group’s sound. Above The Laws Of God, for instance, could have turned out much better had the listener been given the chance to hear something, anything, beyond fuzzy crackle. The songs have gained a bass sound giving them a wooden aura. This is not - as the biography claims - “industrial” but rather static masquerading as extremeness. The guitar sound being fuzzy the instrument is not about to abet in improving the disc’s lot. At the end of the day this is merely bad, not terrible, but Of Human Bondage has placed nothing here that anyone could candidly claim as exceptional or attractive. The band’s enlightened outlook will not suffice on its own. - Ali “The Metallian”