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Scourge Of Malice

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Scourge Of Malice
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Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 2001
Label: Serenades Records
Genre: Black, Gothic, Melodic
1. Dreaded Time
2. Unhallowed By The Infernal One
3. Abandoned By Heaven
4. Descending Into Ethernal Mist
5. Threnody
6. Demonic Dreams
7. Fear Of The Dark
8. In Vengeance Of Our Wrath
9. Ars Diaboli
10. Sanctity Within Darkness

Review by Krys on April 4, 2001.

I was waiting for this album since the end of February, and let me tell you, if I got it on time, we would have had our first "album of the month" co-winners then. Their latest release is not only a breakthrough, it’s a masterpiece with killer riffs combined with the most beautiful melodies I have ever heard.

Graveworm shows us how to mix a gothic atmosphere with symphonic black metal without losing dynamics and heaviness. Comparisons with Dimmu Borgir or Cradle of Filth are only partially justified because Graveworm are far more catchy and simpler, without translating into "more commercial."

Hymns like "Unhallowed By The Infernal One" or "Demonic Dreams" are instant classics. I could list almost all of them but you can read the track list for yourself. I promised not to use profane words but… holy shit, what music!!! I don’t think this CD will leave my player this year. All compositions are so diverse that there is no way it can ever get to the point that I’d be bored. Variations of those two mentioned styles plus choirs, orchestra, Scottish warpipes and acoustic guitars make this such an unforgettable experience I don’t think I will be able to close my eyes without dropping on my knees and blessing all demons responsible for this masterpiece.

"Scourge Of Malice" is just plain perfect. With Stefan’s vocals, one of the best in this genre, Steve and Eric’s unbelievable riffs, the unholy Sabine’s keyboards, Diddi and Martin’s demonic rhythm section, which varies from slow gut pounding punches to extremely fast poundings, this CD will leave the mark on your development as an air-breathing being. Did I mention the remarkable Iron Maiden’s cover "Fear Of The Dark"? Well, too late.

Bottom Line: There is no bottom line. Buy it or fucking die. (I know, I promised, I’m listening to it right now and can’t stop it!)

Rating: 10 out of 10