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Along came black spiders - 75%

kluseba, May 26th, 2019
Written based on this version: 2013, CD, KTR

Three years after the solid War of the Worlds that combined fierce thrash metal with industrial rock soundscapes and gothic metal stylistics, Korrozia Metalla offers quite an odd release with 666 Like. We basically get four different types of music here.

The opening ''The Song of the Mermaid'' sounds like an old Russian folk song with classically trained operatic female vocals that could be the Soviet counterpart of a song from an old Disney movie. There are no bass, drums, guitars or anything recalling metal or even rock music here. It's hard to understand what was going through band leader Sergey "Pauk" Troitsky's mind when choosing this song as overture because it sounds completely out of place.

On the other side, the band offers some fierce thrash metal with blistering cold guitar riffs recalling black metal influences and raw male lead vocals. The relentless ''Khimki the Barber'' is one of the band's most brutal songs ever released and convinces with gripping atmosphere and relentless attitude. ''Russian Fire'' abandons the black metal guitar riffs and opts entirely for fierce thrash metal reminding of the band's early days instead and should sit particularly well with genre purists.

The record also offers some tracks with melodic female lead vocals that form duets with Sergey "Pauk" Troitsky's raw vocal style. ''Wormwood Star'' offers a fusion of thrash metal rhythm sections, gothic metal vocals and black metal guitar riffs and works surprisingly well despite an unnecessarily overlong instrumental middle section. ''666 Like'' is a little bit slower and incorporates minimal electronic elements that define this song as somewhat odd gothic industrial fusion. ''Devilish Pale Horses'' offers tight thrash metal that gains an epic touch with its liberating female vocals. ''Troubling Days'' comes along with down-tuned bumblebee guitar sounds and stoic rhythm section that only uses very few female backing vocals and can be described as fast groove metal tune.

To conclude, this album also offers two live tracks that don't blend in at all and only seem to be present to transform an extended play into a full length release. Previously unreleased ''Editing Mob'' is a fierce thrash metal song with simplistic sing-along passages while the relentless ''Dead Rasputin'' is originally from the Sadism record about two decades earlier.

In the end. Korrozia Metalla's 666 Like is a confusing potpourri consisting of four completely different styles. However, this adventurous ride consisting of nine songs and a running time just above thirty-three minutes is quite entertaining and the song material itself is among the band's greatest in a very long time. This record should rather be seen as a short compilation than a regular full length effort. It's certainly hard to find people who like everything on this release but if you appreciate fierce gothic metal and blistering cold thrash metal, you might as well give this memorable oddball a try.