Quietly, Undramatically
Style: Black Metal
Release date: 12 October, 2010
Playing time: 43:10

American Black Metal has been on the rise for quite some time now and with “Quietly, Undramatically” Woe has placed themselves in the Premier League of American Black Metal. They have their own way of doing it but it is undeniably BLACK metal and definitely neither quiet nor undramatic! Just listen to the riffs on this album!

Stylistically traces of classic Norwegian Black Metal as well as a bit of modern Enslaved can be found but as mentioned before Woe has their own sound. They also differ from their Norwegian counterparts in having stripped away all the theatrical trappings of traditional Black Metal. Gone is the Corpse Paint, the fake (and real!) blood and the pseudonyms used by so many. Left is to the listener is what really matters, the music.

The album feels coherent even though the tracks are not very alike. My bet is that this is an album that one would also like to listen to in a year or in many years. To name it a classic is perhaps to overdo it, but I am sure this is music that will stand the test of time.

I can only recommend this power house of undiluted nihilism and raw metal to all Black Metal fans.


1. No Solitude (2:31)
2. The Road From Recovery (6:01)
3. Quietly, Undramatically (8:04)
4. A Treatise On Control (6:22)
5. Without Logic (2:24)
6. Full Circle (12:58)
7. Hatred Is Our Heart (4:50)

Label: Candlelight Records
Distribution: Plastic Head
Artwork rating: 91/100
Reviewed by: Steen Schøn
Date: 27 February, 2011