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Trustworthy - 88%

Wargnattallfihrr, March 14th, 2009

Note: Reviewed here is the version of "Traurer" released by The Kether Crown Productions, including the "Morast" 3'' CD, limited to 21. Instead of the song "Hail Black Metal Krieg" my version includes "Hail Black Metal Krieg Pt.II".

With this said first, let's talk about the release itself. Just as many different versions exist of this full-length, as many different states of Molochs development are presented here. It's quite a problem finding any consequently kept lines, topics or ideas in this release, because it consists of unreleased material, which would be rather an EP standing alone, various demo tracks from two different demos and some bonus tracks, taken from splits and compilations. Hard getting a point to this, intending to grab this release as an album, while it is rather a compilation. Let me get things clear: It works.

„Herbst“ is the only ambient song featured on this release. Molochs ambient ususally is great, so I didn't expect any other, but I was even blown away by the intensity of the subtle repetitive moments and the beautiful refrain-like structure appearing.

The remaining rest, which is quite a lot, consists of black metal songs. But it cannot simply be called "rest". There are varying song structures, varying moods and a whole bunch of underground-pissed-off-feeling. It is very good, how Moloch does not even try to be something the music isn't, the whole sound is completely honest.

Due to big differences in recording quality, not every song is just as listenable as the others. Especially the songs taken from the "Uralte Stille" Demo are, although remastered, a bit too roughly produced to be enjoyed fully. But, which is more important, the sound does not have much influence on the given atmosphere. It's still, as described, dark, merciless and hateful.

The whole thing, compilating old songs with unreleased ones could mostly be called profiteering, but here, it had to be released this way, because it feels right. The songs fit to each other. A lot of emotions had to be invested by Moloch, so the one or another musical lack, like a sometimes too present drum machine or repetetiveness can be forgotten really fast. Moloch is an honest project and this is an honest and straight although twisting album.