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Album Review

Marduk is back with their umpteenth studio album, armed with more unrelenting blastbeats, more blasphemous lyrics and song titles, and another album that sounds amazing the first few times you listen to it — but unfortunately, not the next few. Considering how long these ornery Swedish black metallers have been around, you want to pull for them. And again, this album does sound great when you first throw it on, as the performances are intense and inspired, and there are plenty of nifty, technical-yet-catchy guitar riffs. There is also more variety, in terms of tempo, than the band is known for (i.e., there are actually a few slower parts, including the entirety of "Castrum Doloris"). On the downside, the squeaky-clean, very digital-sounding Abyss Studios production is ultimately tiring and hard on the ear; vocalist Legion still sounds like a pirate with laryngitis on much of this disc; and the lyrics are often clumsy or awkward, undercutting some of the intended "blasphemy" ("We are all thirsty as can be," goes the dramatically delivered closing line on the above-mentioned track). The band's true Achilles heel, however, is their inability to come up with a batch of songs that are strong enough, and consistently memorable enough, to anchor the extremity they're shooting for. Considering all these quibbles, it's a testament to Marduk's spirit, perhaps, that this album is at all worth listening to. And ultimately, this is not a bad album, it just falls short, yet again, of the level these veterans will need to reach — consistently, not just on a few songs or on every third album — if they're ever going to find themselves among the true first tier of black metal bands.

Customer Reviews

This isnt a bad album

With Satan And Victorious Weapons, Bleached Bones, Cloven Hoof....Its not their best but it is still pretty good

Uhh

First im going to say that Marduk is one of the best Black Metal bands ever, but this album is just bad. This album cant even compare to Plague Angel, Opus Nocturne, or Dark Endless at all. I reccomend that you buy all of Marduk's other albums which are all great and then if you are still interested, then come back and get this. I really dont know what happened here, but all i know is this wasnt a good way for Legion to go out. He came in on such a strong note with Heaven Shall Burn and then ends with this mediocre album.

Legion rules!

This was the first Marduk album that I purchased with Legion back in 2005/2006. This is pure extreme Metal at it's finest. The new drummer Emil takes Fredricks place with ease and stuptifying precision. Legion gives another killer vokill performance and B.War's bass lines always fit perfect. The blasting songs and the slower ones flow perfectly together. I love this album. Please bring back Legion...

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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