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Excellent and authentic - 96%

Terry_Only, April 19th, 2012

Let no cover art mislead you, because music of this album has so much greater ability to create its own picture. Kanker translates as cancer, but don’t be scared, there were no links found between any form of cancer and music. In the contrary, this album may do as much creative job as much destruction and harm cancer may cause.

Compared to previous works, acoustic passages can be scarcely heard here (middle of De buitenstaander), but beautiful guitar solos can be heard here and there. The bulk of this album is massive, progressive and riffy. It incorporates unheard melodies and interesting accords. Slow and fast parts alternate timely and naturally. To say more about the slower parts, their viscosity clearly comes from death/doom. In general, this album is very different from previous works of Murw.

Elements of progressive death metal somehow fused here with black metal compartment creating authentic atmosphere, sound and, above all, harmony. Both growl and scream vocals are used in this album. Apart from expressing authenticity of the music and musicians’ thinking in terms of melodies and accords, Kanker also shows high skill level and reminds us that once they played death metal (back in the 90s).

Melodies and accords are not banal in musical terms. You won't hear something like that from the next black metal band. Looking back at previous works by Murw it is clear that they never tried to play “like” somebody and this album is not an exception. Neither Murw ever tried to sound the same from album to album (in terms of riffs and melodies). In other words, they never “re-played” themselves. I guess that the melodies of this album may not only come from general love toward music, but from everlasting creativeness inherent in most progressive death metal bands.

I understand, that at times we seek something general (especially fans 'ov' black metal), but this album is not something you’ve heard. Analogies can be drawn here and there, but they are weak and insignificant. If you never heard atmospheric black metal, this is not a general work of this genre, but authentic and creative work that must be interesting for everyone who values music as art.

As of the negative sides of Kanker, I wish there was more of it and I slightly miss the acoustic and raw atmosphere of the previous works. I’m sure, though, that now as Murw finally found appropriate label, they will create many more beautiful music.