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An outstanding masterpiece - 100%

Twilightheart, April 7th, 2017
Written based on this version: 2004, CD, Avantgarde Music

Once again Marcus E. Norman (known for being a member of Naglfar and being the brains behind Bewitched as well as several other projects, for example Havayoth) has delivered a black metal masterpiece which is in a league of its own. This man's art is simply never a disappointment.

The cover of the album actually suggests an innocence that the album doesn’t have. So you recognize the Madonna and child in the cover picture. Hopefully no one will buy it by mistake, because the album is simply pure, unadulterated mean black metal in its highest form. You are treated to a mixture of damning lyrics, poisonous hissing and deep-pitched growling, which is completely unique. This album offers some outstanding strong compositions and the really nice thing about Mr. Norman’s work is that this way of making music is unique.

While other bands think that black metal is only good and proper when it is as loud and raucous as possible, Marcus’ work is much more complex and complicated. There are many melodic parts including sounds from a piano, and a lot of beautiful sound constructions which put you in an almost melancholic mood. But if I say melancholic, I mean diabolically melancholic. Whilst listening to the album a certain longing for doom and damnation (towards all you call your enemies, may it be Christians or whoever) spreads inside the listener. The evil aspect of this album is constantly lurking deceitfully in the ambush until it breaks out pitilessly at a certain point in each song. This means, you will not be overrun by too much noise, but there’s that creeping mid-tempo construct, on which the anti-christian work is built upon. The music swirls around you with splendorous, bizarre, extraordinary innovative, evil tunes and melodies. These songs really have acquired their own personality and paint a picture of bleak landscapes, in which only Satan can reign. “Cometh doom, cometh death” will be engraving your heart.

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Ancient Wisdom - Cometh Doom, Cometh Death - 80%

mentalselfmutilation, September 26th, 2008

Ancient Wisdom is definitely one of the better bands in the symphonic black metal genre. No matter which album you pick up from this project Vargher, you'll definitely find something amazing. The album is truly a gem in the rough. The atmosphere is dark and eerie throughout. The guitars have quite a change of pace from each track being either the more standard tremolo-based riffing of most black metal past and present, while also mixing in the occasional dark tracks with very chugging doomy riffs as well that do nothing short but evoke a very dark if not sadistic sound in the music. The keyboards compliment well, something that is often very crucial when making powerful black metal material, with very slow melancholic piano parts playing very dark sounding melodies.

There is very little negative to say about this album. Is it the utmost best album I've heard from a symphonic band? No, not in the slightest. In fact, the symphonic elements of this record only help enhance the atmosphere, rather than create a shape on their own. It's pretty standard but on the better end of the symphonic black metal genre. Definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of this stuff, and some of the more solid efforts from Ancient Wisdom as well!