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Plague Angel

Marduk

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Album Review

Lineup changes are not uncommon in the death metal/black metal world; some death metal and black metal bands can be revolving doors. Changing personnel has been known to hurt some bands creatively, but Marduk — one of Sweden's finest black metal outfits — has a way of emerging unscathed after personnel changes. A case in point is Plague Angel, which finds them unveiling yet another lineup. Singer Legion and bassist B. War are gone; this time, the participants are a returning Magnus Devo Andersson on bass, Mortuus (also known as Arioch of Funeral Mist fame) on lead vocals, founder Morgan Hakansson on guitar, and Fredrik Andersson on drums. Perhaps some Marduk fans will miss Legion, but Mortuus/Arioch certainly shows himself to a be a compelling addition to the band — and one of the things that makes his performances so compelling is a lack of irony. There have been plenty of death metal, black metal, and grindcore bands that were full of irony; Cannibal Corpse and Carcass, for example, were masters of sick humor. But Mortuus/Arioch and everyone else in this Marduk lineup bring a dead-serious outlook to morbid, disturbing tracks like "Deathmarch," "Holy Blood, Holy Grail," and "Perish in Flames." Whether they are blasting listeners at lightning speed or favoring a medium tempo, Plague Angel never sounds tongue in cheek and never loses its moodiness; this 45-minute CD is as moody and darkly atmospheric as it is loud, heavy, and intense. Marduk are not part of the melodic style known as symphonic black metal; the Swedish foursome can be ferocious, and they make no bones about it. But in their own harsh, nasty way, Marduk do have a sense of craftsmanship — and on Plague Angel, lineup changes don't prevent them from maintaining their excellence.

Customer Reviews

Brutal

I think that this is Marduk's best album. This is just a complete Black Metal assault on your ear drums. This album is just fast as hell the whole way through, with the exception of Perish In Flames and Deathmarch (which could and should be skipped over). This is the first album with vocalist, Mortuus and i already like him better than Legion. I didnt think Legion was that good to tell you the truth. This album has some of the best Marduk songs ever like Throne Of Rats, Life's Emblem, Steel Inferno, Perish In Flames, Everything Bleeds, and the epic last song Blutrache. This is reccomended for anybody who likes very fast Black Metal.

Mortuus howls into the abyss

Marduk is a great band because they are ever changing. This epic of an album proves that new formulas can work and changing of the guard on vocals was indeed a wise move by the band. Mortuus's writing is brilliant and fresh. I need to get the Funeral Mist stuff, but its been a hassle. His voice is an instrument in itself. Deep and devilish, all the tracks are towering and this album in fantastic buy for any black metal fan. Check out the live album as well.

Amazing

This is probably the 2nd best Marduk album after Dark Endless. If you like extremely fast and extremely brutal Black Metal, look no further. Plague Angel is the first album with new vocalist Mortuus and he doesnt dissapoint. I like his vocals better than Legions. My favorite songs from this album are Throne Of Rats, Life's Emblem, Steel Inferno, Perish In Flames, Everything Bleeds, and Blutrache. Also, itunes should definitley get Marduk's newest cd ROM 5:12.

Biography

Formed: Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

An unswerving commitment to blasphemy and extremity combined with a relentless touring schedule and a steady stream of recordings has helped establish Sweden's Marduk as one of the better-known bands on the Scandinavian black metal scene. They began as more of a standard death metal band with a black metal influence, but have come to be known for their style of extreme black metal, which tends to focus on themes of warfare and anti-Christian sentiment and is characterized by relentlessly fast drumming...
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