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Spectral Visions of Mental Warfare - 60%

Norfrisianblackmetal, April 7th, 2011

What the HELL was Ash thinking when he decided to record this album? Let's copy (steal?) some Burzum riffs, add some electro/dance and voila: Spectral Visions of Mental Warfare

The first song, 'Odin’s weeping for Jördh', sounds almost exactly like Burzum's 'Tomhet', where as 'An indifferent Cold in the Womb of Eve' immediately brings 'Rundtgåing Av Den Transcendentale Egenhetens Støtte/Rundgang Um Die Transzendentale Säule Der Singularität ' into your mind, Ash doesn't even try to cover it up! The next song, 'Diving among the Daughters of the Sea', is another ambient piece, it sounds almost the same as 'An indifferent Cold...' and it's Burzum all-over again. Odin’s weeping for Jördh - Part II, surprise surprise, sounds like Burzum. Yeah, really. It's a bit more like Daudi Baldrs/Hlidskjalf this time, but still Burzum

Okay, next song: 'Journey through my Cosmic Cells (The Negation of God)'. It starts with electro, not bad, but Nargaroth isn't VNV Nation, is it? I personally don't mind this kind of influences, but be warned, it's like the freaky stuff on Mayhem's 'Grand Declaration of War', you love it, or you hate it. 'A Whisper underneath the Bark of old Trees' and 'Spectral Visions of Mental Warfare' are actually black metal, very slowly, nice, hypnotising songs. 'March of the Tyrants' is another electro song. I like it, but I fully understand those who don't.

This is not, understatement, what I expected after Jahreszeiten and I am really disappointed to hear electro influences on a Nargaroth album.