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The lost Mork Gryning album - 83%

Foreboding, July 30th, 2008

I will admit when this album came out, I hated it. I was a huge fan of their first album, and this one just didn't seem to come close to it. I kept the CD for maybe 6 months and then I traded it away.

A couple years after that, I saw the album sitting in a used CD store for 5 bucks so I figured I'd give it another shot. Well, although it's not as good as the first, it's still REALLY GOOD.

Return Fire mixes their earlier black metal style with a little more thrash than before (or after, for that matter) and it really works well for them. Songs like 'Supreme Hatred' and 'The Surrounding' are among the best Mork Gryning tracks ever written. Totally epic sounding riffs mixed with lots of thrashy elements.

The production is a little sloppier this time around, but that doesn't matter much to me. I wish the snare didn't have that tin can sound, but it's the only fault I have with it. Also, the drumming doesn't seem to be as clean and precise as before, but the barbaric style fits what they're doing on this album.

In my opinion, this is the last Mork Gryning album worth a damn, so do yourself a favor and pick this one up.