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Awesome underground BM from Finland - 95%

MetalPite, November 23rd, 2009

Satanic Warmaster... This band name sucks. Really. I mean, if it was some death metal stuff, it would be called „Hungry Zombie” or maybe „Dead Cannibal”. Anyway, don’t think it’s just one from thousand crappy Darkthrone-copies. Satanic Warmaster offers very „true”, necro-sounding yet awesome nordic black metal.

Opferblut is Satanic Tyrant Werewolf’s second full-length. It sounds better than the first album, I could say it’s a bit cleaner, the drums aren’t loud like those on Strenght and Honour. However, guitars have the most important role on this release. Frostbitten, grim and highly distorted melodies played fast galloping through the whole album. These melodies are often very catchy and sad. But no, don’t think the necro sound is gone, Opferblut is still very raw.

Satanic Tyrant Werewolf’s vocals are average BM screams, there’s nothing to say about that, his apearance is also absolutely typical. The thing that makes Satanic Warmaster and particulary this album much better than the average BM underground music is that it can hold your attention until the end of the album that isn’t that long anyway. Tere are no fillers, extra bullshit, intros or outros on Opferblut. It’s just raw, natural and – I can say – somewhat beautiful. Yeah, it sounds strange, but BM maniacs like me all know the feeling when music takes you away to another world. Yes, Satanic Warmaster can enchant the listener like it was some atmospheric stuff.

Opferblut seems a bit underrated to me. People should pay more attention to this release. I recomend it to everyone who is intrested in Scandinavian „true” BM underground, it’s better than many known bands out there today.

Best tracks:
-Bound in Lust and Hate
-A Wolf Cries in Anger
-A Raven’s Song

Sacrificial blood - 80%

autothrall, November 12th, 2009

Few Finns keep themselves as busy as the Satanic Tyrant Werwolf (also known as Nazgul), authoring a myriad of treacherous, vile projects such as Blasphemous Evil, Warloghe, Armour, and Incriminated. He also handled Horna's vocal duties for half a decade. But he is most easily identified through Satanic Warmaster, a project in which he handles most instruments and vocals (often using session drummers).

Opferblut ('blood offering' or 'sacrificial blood') is the 2nd offering of this particular project, and while it offers little in terms of originality, it's a stark and insidious effort of sneering vocals, Satanic imagery and and unrelenting grim riffing onslaught. Seven tracks adorn this feral platter, and although they don't vary much in pacing, they all channel the sincerest hatred of the black metal mantra. The majority of the material features dark and Hellhammer-ized riffs thrusting forward over blasting guillotines of hopelessness. Nazgul has the screech of a nightwitch come to cut the throats of Christian babes as they nestle in the arms of their mothers. I'd dub these vocals 'cute' except...they are not that. Faster tracks like "Bound in Lust and Hate" and "A Wolf Cries in Anger" conjure subtly glorious chord textures within a bleeding black heart. The middle pace is not ignored however, fully defleshed in the scathing "Pentagram & Wood" or the barbaric punk rocking of "Farewell to the Fallen". "Rain Falls" is a nice instrumental interlude with some melodic guitars. "A Raven's Song" is probably my favorite track, with a primal burst that simmers into buzzsaw rhythms and a glorious loop of verse chords.

Opferblut is not a masterpiece nor could it be considered a classic of its genre, but it's a worthwhile work adherent to the philosophy of the great Finnish black metal: primal ferocity, simplistic yet punishing riff construction, and occult sensibility. It's not quite as good as its successor Carelian Satanic Madness, but on par with the debut Strength and Honour. If you favor the dark arts of Finland ala Horna, acquire all of these.

-autothrall
http://www.fromthedustreturned.com

Satanic? Yes. Seminal? Keep walking.. - 58%

marktheviktor, May 12th, 2009

This album had been on the top of my most coveted records list for awhile. I found it used at a very reasonable price after searching quite thoroughly for it. Man, am I glad that I didn’t purchase this at some of the asking prices that I saw it for. Opferblut is alright but it was hardly worth the quest that went along with it being so high on my black metal bounty. I have decided that I prefer most of Satanic Warmaster’s splits and EPs instead. This band just doesn’t sustain my interest for the entirety of an LP. This is an elitist album by an elitist band but after hearing it, I felt that was all I was getting and all I should expect and be satisfied with: elitist black metal with evil as fuck names, songs and album cover. It takes more than that to win over my hard earned cash. Alot more. How about something that sounds more than just another Norwegian black metal worshipping?

Opferblut is a record by a Finnish band that made me more appreciate what fellow Finns Beherit did to elevate the genre. Tyrant Werewolf has collaborated with numerous black metal projects like Vomitfago, Gestapo 666 and Horna but Satanic Warmaster is his main or flagship band. Lord Sargofagian does the drumming on the album but STW is heard all over with everything else; the riffs, lyrics and the vocals. The latter sucked for me. They are grating. They are basically the type that Ihsahn used on In The Nightside Eclipse and while I love that Emperor album, even the vocals there took me some time to fully embrace and enjoy just for that instance but they are not the type that I am willing to be less arch with when other, lesser bands use them.

Actually, besides just being so goddamn unoriginal, let me get the negatives out of the way about this record because they still pester me as I listen to this and even though there are more minuses than pluses, I would rather end this album’s assessment on a good note after finding and paying the price I did for it because there are some good parts to it too.

It would have been nice if at least some lyrics or even small liner notes would have been included in the fold because even for a minimalist, straight and out black metal album, the original release on CD is pretty spartan. I’m just used to seeing a little more content in the way of anything like that but it’s not that major of a thing but it doesn’t seem too hard to add a little more small tidbits of lines rather than the bare bones basics and a couple of stark photos of the band and a battlefield. From what I understood, there might be more to gander on the vinyl version if you can get a hold of it.

Most importantly, I want to share what I didn’t like on the album musically besides the vocals. The celerity of the all the songs as the album goes along gets predictable. Everything screams out with fury by deadened velocity. The derivation in the drumming will automatically hint to you that nothing will really be going anywhere or doing anything different except for just trying to sound old school. There are some good riffs blazing away but it’s been done before much better by the classic black metal bands from old. The sound recording of the production is about average. No complaints there. It’s what there isn’t here rather than what is here that is probably the biggest clamor with this record. That would be any sort of atmospheric flair. I think that’s what separates great black metal albums from good or average black metal releases. And mostly that can be even in the smallest details in making that leap. Opferblut has plenty of wicked conniption and satanic aura with the pacing but doesn’t go beyond the call in setting itself apart with details. Play this record and then go put on most any Gorgoroth album and you will know what I am talking about. Essentially, the flaw with this album is it relies much on the identity of more established bands that sound like this.

There are some good songs to be found on the album if you don’t put your expectations too high. Bound In Lust And Hate is a rather good song breaking out some riffs from Mayhem’s Pagan Fears and then finding its own chords of bleak frostiness. The Wolf Cries In Anger wasn’t all that much of a standout track but that one has grown on me. It has mid paced but breakneck rhythm and better blast beats than all the other songs. Pentagram & Wood is the best track though. It’s the song that distinguishes a blasting and furious pace the best. Lord Sarcofagian’s hits are rollicking beats that drive the song while Tyrant Werewolf sticks to short chords and keeps it brisk.

Satanic Warmaster has a couple other LP’s that don’t sound too different but might be a little better than the songs on here. All the Satanism and blasphemy can be found here as well but Opferblut is a disappointment in that I thought there would be more atmosphere and better vocals. This is old school black metal done with an elitist furor. If that’s enough for you then I am pretty sure you will enjoy this but Satanic Warmaster won’t change many people’s minds about who really does black metal the best.

Why can't there be more quality BM like this? - 95%

Sigillum_Dei_Ameth, March 19th, 2008

I've heard the controversy on Satanic Warmaster at the beginning of last year for whatever reason, I figured.....shit I better check them out. As the old saying goes "There's no publicity like bad publicity" and if anything some of my comrades bitching and finger-pointing has led me to examine their music for my own personal opinion.

Either they are referring to their newer stuff, but man...this is quality shit right here. If Beherit and Archgoat owe more to the likes of Sarcofago and Von...Satanic Warmaster might as well be Finnland's answer to the classic Norwegian BM era of the early-mid 90's ala Emperor, Burzum, Darkthrone, Mayhem. I can hear a bit of Moonblood(which is NEVER bad) within the riffs and it just adds to the blackened arts they are able to craft.

Satanic Tyrant Werewolf has EXCELLENT blasphemous-like vocals. Lord War Torech is ripping throuh the buzzsaw-speed/highly majestic riffs that shine through, and Lord Sarcofagian is doing his best Fenriz impression behind the kit.

Most of the songs really don't show that much difference. Don't worry this isn't your boring-as-fuck-Marduck-monotonous-'hail satan x5000000000000' and not show any signs of shutting up. No this is more of the natural ability to go along with the flow, and feel of the music itself. Some of the standouts are "Black Destiny", "A Wolf Cries In Anger", "Pentagram & Wood", and "Rain Falls"(FUCKING excellent), the other aren't even fillers but more like bridges that hold the beauty of darkness between the violence and despair of chaos, misery, nihilism, and all those other wonderful little nouns that we've come to expect from such a genre that basks in the infernal flames of the underworld........or in layman's terms for the average Metalhead....this shit rules dude!

Fuck the naysayers, this is Black Metal for those who want to remain in the darkness. Highly reccomended for those seeking their Black Metal straight-forward and filled with riffs that will possess your soul.

True Black metal, the way it should be! - 100%

Hegg_The_Norsk, February 7th, 2008

After hearing Satanic Warmaster's "Strength and Honour", I had to buy the other full lengths! This album is fucking great, no questions asked. The guitar riffs remind me of times when Black metal was not a trend. Satanic Tyrant Werewolf knows what he's doing when it comes to playing Black metal. Some of the guitar work will get stuck in your head all damn day (It happens to me often, which is a good thing nevertheless!). Drums are decent, I enjoy them a lot being a drummer myself. Easy but yet complicated is what you'll find here. You've got great timing skills, executed crashes, and superb blasts. And don't worry, this isn't like Transylvanian Hunger with a blast beat on every track, it's A LOT more varied. Vocals are the same, S.T.W. executes blasphemous vocals. Over all, the sound is decent but not over produced, which is a big deal to me. I hate it when music is extremely over produced like say with Dimmu Borgir or something.

So, if you're curious about this band or album I totally recommend both. Why are you still reading this? GO BUY THE ALBUM!!!

Opferblut - 78%

Nocturnal_Abyss, November 8th, 2006

'Opferblut' is the second L.P. from the Finnish Black Metal band with the most ridiculous name ever, Satanic Warmaster. This project was created by former Horna vocalist (and heavy metal superstar of the cock-rock band, Armour), Nazgul aka Satanic Tyrant Werwolf. He has a special place between Kanwulf and Tom Warrior in the Black Metal Hall of Shame. At any rate, this was unknown to me when I first acquired this album, and it should really have no bearing on the music presented here. In all honesty, a great number of musicians turn out to be dishonourable, degenerative scum, but that should have nothing to do with the music that they create.

The album begins with the song "Black Destiny". This starts off at full speed with fast tremolo riffs and blasting drums. Lord Sarcofagian did well to study the work of Fenriz, as the drumming is very similar and it is mixed at just the right level. The vocals are mixed well, also, not being too high or too low. Werwolf's style, as in Horna, seems to be quite similar to Hat and Pest, of Gorgoroth. The overall sound owes a lot to the early 90s Norwegian Black Metal scene. In particular, it would seem that these Finns are big Darkthrone fans. That certainly isn't a bad thing, as Darkthrone seemed to give up making that style of music a long time ago. Then again, why would they want to since there are thousands of other bands attempting to emulate them? This song actually features very nice tremolo melodies, memorable riffs and a good structure.

The next song is "Bound in Lust and Hate". This continues with the same fast pace as established on the first song, with very nice melodies, creating a sense of tension as the song builds in intensity. The riffs are very memorable and everything flows nicely. Again, there is nothing very original going on here. If anything, this is more of a tribute to some of the second wave bands. That being said, they do take that foundation and add a little something to it.

On "A Wolf Cries in Anger", the pace slows down a bit and the melodies take an overtly mournful tone. The sound is very similar to Sargeist's 'Satanic Black Devotion', even the effect on the vocals. While this is raw, it is a little more polished than the Sargeist album. It is also more melodic and not nearly as dark. Everything is executed well, yet there is nothing dangerous about this music. Despite this, it does have some redeeming qualities. The harmonies are very introspective and mournful at times. These will lurk in your mind for some time after listening. Perhaps the thing that Satanic Warmaster adds to the formulaic sound is a certain catchiness that is, somewhat, inherent when it comes to Finnish bands.

"Pentagram & Wood" features some very nice tremolo riffs. It seems strange that so many kids that are new to Black Metal embrace this band as some evil and obscure cult of darkness. Then again, it is easy to see how they are attracted to it as it is catchy and melodic. Each song has its own identity, which is a good thing. There is somewhat of an epic atmosphere created through the brilliant song arrangements. No, this is nothing you haven't heard before, but it is done pretty well.

"A Raven's Song" erupts from the shadows at full speed. Again, it must be noted that the drumming is very suitable for this style of music, being just high enough to keep time but low enough to not distract from the guitars. The simplistic bass lines can be heard, easily, as on Mayhem's 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas'. As the tempo changes, the unmistakable Finnish melodies are present, which may be the one thing that really sets this off from other bands that exist to pay tribute to the grim cults of Norway. The guitars really work to create a depressive feeling, though never utterly dismal. This song is among the more memorable ones on the album.

The next song is "Rain Falls", which is an instrumental in the vein of "Når Himmelen Klarner" from Burzum's 'Det Som Engang Var' or even "Gjennom Skogen til Blåfjellene" from Isengard's 'Vinterskugge'. This piece creates a very melancholic feeling and allows your mind to drift away into infinite thought.

"Farewell to the Fallen" begins with a total Celtic Frost vibe. After the first minute or so, this transitions to something more akin to Burzum, once more, before speeding up. This may not be the intention of the band, but the music is actually kind of peaceful and enjoyable to listen to.

As shown with the Pest project, Werwolf is very skilled at emulating those he admires. This shows very well, throughout 'Opferblut'. Satanic Warmaster does not manage to sound as dark and evil as the bands that they hail, such as Darkthrone, Mayhem, Burzum and Gorgoroth. Despite that, it is easy to appreciate this album for what it is, especially considering the atmosphere of melancholy that hovers over this. While not being quite as raw as some bands, this doesn't sound slick or over-produced. Anyone with a bad taste in their mouth from Horna's 'Sudentaival' need not worry.

This is recommended for those who don't mind obvious hero-worship in their music. Out of the countless bands that play this same style, Satanic Warmaster proved to be quite competent, on this album at least. This is, more or less, the only release of theirs that is worth picking up. However, if you need some Finnish Black Metal that succeeds a little better is capturing some of the dark feeling of the old Norwegian bands, try Sargeist and Clandestine Blaze.

And, a final note to all of those kids that think this is the epitome of true Black Metal, you truly are pathetic. While this is a fine exhibition of musicianship, this only pays homage to the true originators of this sound. It should serve as a gateway, imbuing you with the desire to seek out the roots of this music and to learn of the bands whose influences are found here.

Meh, I've heard better... MUCH BETTER - 20%

Rasputen, April 30th, 2004

This is a mixed bag of an album; there is a fairly ominous vibe at first listen. However, for the most part it is extremely forced. First, the guitar riffs (or perhaps riff, there is not much variance at all here) are anything but evil. Furthermore, they certainly aren't innovative--I could hear similar (and better) work on something of Impaled Nazarene or Wurdulak, something to that effect. There simply isn't any originality; this is extremely annoying when the obvious old-school worship isn't even EVIL! There's no real balls to the music, just fucking formulaic black metal. No speed, no real musical proficiency, no innovation--just regurgitated riffs played at moderate/slow speed. Thanks Satanic Warmaster, like we don't have enough of that!

Second, the vocals are bloody fucking boring, tepid, and again forced. Is it Dead? Perhaps Varg? Who knows, who cares-this shit's been done before. Black metal is notorious for a lack of original vocalists, in my opinion, and SW do absolutely nothing to solve this problem.

Third, the rhythm section (or what little rhythm section there is) is pure shit, partially thanks to shoddy production. This isn't the "hey dude, this was recorded in a Morgue whilst masturbating to Mayhem over Euronymous' body" type of raw; it's more the "hey, let's paint our faces and try and be all tr00 and shit!" type of raw. Forced, forced, forced. Fuck that. I'd rather be able to hear the bass lines and the bass drum kicks (trust me, you won't hear the damn bass drum at ALL, thanks to the production) than listen to a couple of Finnish douchebags try and be "kvlt."

To conclude, don't spend money on this. Don't even bother downloading it. You'd have better luck painting your own face up and starting your own copycat black metal band. This is fucking WEAK!