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Norway's Strong Supergroup of Blackened Chaos - 86%

GuntherTheUndying, October 28th, 2008

I actually bought this CD on a wild card, wondering what lurked beneath that slipcase promising something twisted and gory. Indeed, the nun didn’t have much fun from what I perceive, but Wurdulak’s “Severed Eyes of Possession” is actually a kicky offering, even despite Killjoy forging and ruining a billion side-groups like our present squad throughout years of pointless death/black metal experimentations. Still, Wurdulak’s stellar assault upon black metal with some death metal ammunition for giggles murders unwanted expectations at point-black range, and “Severed Eyes of Possession” has the power to gouge your retinas until you finally understand Wurdulak’s philosophy of death, blood, and pure evil in metallic lineage.

Do you like blasphemous black metal that spits on Christ’s cross while defiling sacred rules of society? If so, “Severed Eyes of Possession” was made just for you! Certainly, the divided arsenal of guitarists from various spectrums of black metal leads to a nifty melt of riffs fast, bold, catchy, mid-paced, and a little touch of thrash for good measure. More importantly, the record’s vast production captures all instrumental spectrums rather impressively, whether it’s chunky bass lines or rareness upon Jehmod’s barbaric percussion of blasting and hyper-speed sweetness of stick slamming. Best song? “Unified Global Misanthropy” without question wins, as the note is a gold-medal contribution of all their brains working hard; those solos, for instance, are pure genius. Really, they’ve done a fantastic job.

As for surprises, many folks do not know Killjoy has an extra vocalist at helm: Mayhem’s Maniac. As with both singers, they easily match their performances on grade-A materials with those signature growls and shrieks accommodating this musical macabre on unforgettable levels. Also, the Wurdulak debut featured a constant switch of lyrical ejaculators during anthems, but this item shows the team alternating between songs, essentially to fit each one’s preferred classification. Obviously, the swap is perfect in execution. Maniac’s reign throughout sub-zero black metal proves untouchable, while Killjoy’s torturous growls penetrate the realm of decency like it’s a sheet of paper; perhaps more intelligent than powerful, yet just sensational overall. If only remaining black metal “supergroup” projects could actually provide substance via music instead of popular names… *cough* TWILIGHT!!! *cough*

Well children, this does the trick, and with a hearty vengeance. Although Wurdulak isn’t breathtakingly individualistic, “Severed Eyes of Possession” acts nicely when taking black metal visions into our eternal consideration, simply because the whole band has built themselves on metal’s darkest forms in entities marked by past experiences and present burdens; chemically balanced and full of hatred, that’s Wurdulak’s sole ideology. Killjoy and crew deserve some good, loyal listeners to appreciate their enjoyable music, so why not give up a few bucks for “Severed Eyes of Possession” instead of something random or bland? This, I promise, certainly is not.

This review was written for: www.levitan-magazine.com