Review by JD on April 20, 2012.
After hearing so many lackluster Death Metal or just plain peculiar Avant-guard metal as well I was looking forward to hearing a good dose of nasty Black Metal. The chance to hear this come from a Finnish Black Metal band named after a J.R Tolkien mythological King of the Dwarfs Azaghal.
This Finish act is a throwback to the early days of the BM scene of the mid to the ladder 80's (older Bathory, Onslaught, Venom) and we should all feel glad for that. There is nothing here but wickedly brutal, stripped to the bone older school Black Metal that seems to be the exception rather the rule these days. With vicious and throughly caustic vocals, massively heavy yet intensely memorable riffs, an air of an dank and grim atmosphere that is tied together just a touch of older Thrash as well it is to me , what Black Metal is suppose to be.
Sung completely in their native language, it never once takes away anything from the music. Even if you don’t understand the words, you cannot help but fear the cold and harshness that the atmosphere is. The fiendishness feelings flow freely like Hell’s Ferryman Charon carrying damned souls over the river Styx to the gates of Hades. Always delivering the demonic vision to all regardless of the language or race.
Don’t get me wrong here, I love the newer BM, but the more basic and guttural the Black Metal, it seems that it is more at home there. I love Progressive Metal in Black Metal and in general but for my taste- the more stripped down and old school the Black Metal is, the more I love it. I love the newer BM s scene, but my darkened heart prefers my Satanic Metal straight to the jugular heavy and heart felt as fuck.
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Rating: 9.1 out of 10