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Futuristic black metal - 82%

Peregrin, December 30th, 2004

This album is very varies. There's both ambient atmospheric stuff as well as more traditionally metal parts, the last most clearly present on the aptly-titled eight track "Metal Striken Terror Action". It's all more complex than usual for black metal with lots of rhythm changes, the faster parts having a distinct death metal flavour.

Two vocalists are employed. For the most part it's one Count Yorga, who later left the band, but on some songs we have a certain Attila Csihar, best known for his work on Mayhem's "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas". Though their styles are very different, both are good at sounding like a choir of lost souls trapped in an netherworldy vortex of living flames which warp the forms of all withing their grasp. Yorga uses a rather standard Quorthon-ish rasp, occassionally bordering on clean vocals. Attila Csihar's rather unique vocals are somewhat difficult to describe, but they can be called a guttural, caustic hybrid between moaning, screeching and a demonic growl. Two thirds through the song "Darka Mysteria" he also does a good ghost-like shriek.

What deserves attention too is the use of keyboards by Malfeitor Fabban to create the distinct atmosphere that holds the album together and makes it stand out from the crowd: One associated with I get when listening to this is a beautiful futuristic nightmare landscape where the borders between flesh, machinery and the spiritual have blurred significantly. Think of H. R. Giger's paintings or the movie "Videodrome" and you should have an idea what this album is like as an experience.

So, what makes this less than perfect? I can't really say... perhaps it's because it's a bit demanding of the listener to listen to either. Its personality also means it's not an album for everyone either.