Marduk’s debut album and prolly their best. No I don’t think their ¨norsecore¨ era is bad, on the very contrary I love it and own their every album and dvd but I’m fonder of their 3 first albums.
The Morgan/Devo dual-lead guitar attack is better than ever here with lots of hiper-precise tremolo picking . Sure, the music slows down at times but only to pick up a yet faster and more brutal pace shortly afterwards. One-off bassist Richard Kalm is inaudible in the mix but for one good and super-trebly solo; drummer Joakim Grave is an unstoppable force behind his kit -Marduk alway had incredible drummers- and Andreas Axelsson shouts his throat away behind the mike -the worst singer the band ever had but still got the job done.
This album is often reviewed as ¨not yet black but death metal¨. Nothing could be more wrong. This is pure brutal black and of the best kind at that. The album displays a superb, brooding atmosphere with excellent production, great detail and precise stereo imaging, making it one of the best-sounding Marduk records ever. Still brutal but not norsecorish, some intros reminisce of Black Sabbath and some melodic lines can be found here and there. The double bass-drums have a lot of prescense without overwhelming the general sound or the rest of the instruments which I appreciate enourmously.
I really don’t understand why is it that this incredible lp gets the flack it does and why some fans compare it to Panzer Division….this one is so much better !!!