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needs more attention... - 87%

vorth, July 30th, 2005

Black metal needs variety and progression - thanks to albums like this, it still far from being repetitive. "Monumental Possession" mixes black metal, thrash metal with avantgarde. What's more - this mixture sounds great and amazingly natural, leaving no doubt that black metal sounds right with some improvements.

The songs are mostly based on faster rythms and strange riffs that are tranformed into classic old bathory-style thrash metal. However, there are also songs that show the different, even odd side. Strange, even comic vocals that remind me Maniac brought to extreme, riffs that sound like they were pulled out from a Darkthrone release or other allusions make the album vanguard and sometimes get it out of taste, but make the listener interested at the same time.

What's more, "Monumental Possession" simply holds great music - fine riffs and so on. It's amazing how Dodheimsgard evolved from typical true black metal to this in one year's time. The third album continues progression, but that's the theme for another review. For those who want to hear black metal from behind the dirty window, look for this record.