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On disc: Marduk

World Funeral - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars
Iron Dawn - Mike Thompson - 9 stars

Iron Dawn

Iron Dawn
(Regain Records - 2011)

Back when I was taking my first tentative steps into the world of black metal there was one album that I grew to love more than any other; Panzer Division Marduk. The Swedish blasphemer's 1999 album was full of such out and out ferocity and I'd heard nothing quite like it to that point. Fast forward to 2011 and the band has released another five good albums, making a total of eleven, but nothing has even come close to the brutal fury heard on Panzer Division. Until now.

Iron Dawn is a three track EP clocking in at around thirteen minutes and is a step back to that relentless, crushing sound. The first song, Warschau II: Headhunter Halfmoon is an ultra-fast blaster that could have been an out-take from Panzer Division, re-recorded with Mortuus on vocals. Wacht Am Rhein: Drumbeats Of Death follows the same path but intersperses the furious pace with slower, repetitive sections that serve to highlight the title. Finally, Prochorovka: Blood And Sunflowers, is more akin to modern-day Marduk with less emphasis on hyperspeed blasting and more on creating an oppressive and crushing atmosphere.

The slower tempo of the final song serves as a fitting ending for an EP which is essentially Panzer Division Marduk mark II.
The three songs all deal with World War 2 and all fit together well to create a great EP that all fans of Marduk should take to their black hearts. There have been many attempts to surpass Marduk in the field of war-torn, blastbeat-laden black metal but here these dark lords of war show these pretenders to the crown how it should be done. The EP will only be available for a limited time and the concepts differ from those on the upcoming full-length so make sure to get it before its too late!

9 stars

Mike Thompson


World Funeral

World Funeral
(Regain Records - 2002)

The Swedish black metal heads are around for about 12 years and established as one of the genre's hottest acts, known for their intense live performance.
Now Marduk are back with World Funeral. The CD offers 11 tracks and almost 50 minutes of black metal.
Starting with some spoken words before a heavy, powerful fast black metal one comes over you which is called With Satan And Victorious Weapons. The following track Bleached Bones is a heavy, groovy rocker is 'to defend their title as the world heavy weight champions of extreme metal' to quote the biography. The Swedish offer quite a variety within the genre and aren't willing to let themselves limit by the genre. A contrast to the ultra-heavy Bleached Bones is the hyperfast and violent Cloven Hoof which comes over you in a devastatingly blast.
A more groovy one, a mid-tempo rock is Castrum Doloris which might catch the interest not just of black metal fans... Btw, also available as limited vinyl and picture!
Anyway, Marduk are well-known and to tell more about them would be carrying coals to Newcastle.

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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