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Posts Tagged ‘Marduk’

MARDUK – VIKTORIA LP (Century Media Records)

Saturday, July 7th, 2018

Marduk - ViktoriaOn ‘Viktoria’ – Marduk’s 14th full-length and the sixth with Mortuus behind the mic – the Swedes treat us to just over half an hour of war-mongering bloodlust. World War Two seems to be the pervading theme once more and, even though the album is hardly mandatory if you already own some recent-vintage Marduk, it’s still a fine LP and a reminder of why Marduk is one of the truly great BM bands.

Proceedings can seem a little monotonous at times and it does appear that they might be going through the motions to a small degree but, all in all, ‘Viktoria’ is a superb, powerful record and a worthy addition to the Marduk can(n)on. Critics should bear in mind that a shitty, blighted-by-bastards world with a new Marduk album – even if it’s not their best – is a vastly preferable alternative to one without it.

Evilometer: 666/666

MARDUK – FRONTSCHWEIN LP (Century Media Records)

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Marduk - FrontschweinTwenty-five years in, Marduk unleash their 13th full-length and the fifth of the Mortuus-on-vocals era – easily the most accomplished period in the Swedes’ blistering recording history. Returning here to the killing fields of WWII, they’re a real force to be reckoned with now and a rare example of a Black Metal band signed to a major label who don’t also happen to be shit.

Frontschwein’ translates loosely as ‘front swine’ and is a colloquial term the Germans coined for the hapless, cannon-fodder soldiers / pigs in the frontline of battle, where they are unceremoniously killed, maimed, butchered, splattered, smashed, exploded, obliterated, pulverised, hammered and fucked to pieces. That’s what this record will do to your speakers.

Hardly the underground’s best-kept secret, in fairness, so I’ll keep this one short and sweet. Suffice to say, Marduk live up to their big-guns status and everything about this record is as one would expect from such seasoned campaigners (apart from the fact that the bonus track is not included on the vinyl edition). A marked improvement on this anyway.

Evilometer: 666/666


Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Serpent Sermon’ is Marduk’s twelfth full-length and their fourth with Mortuus on vocals. I’ve always preferred the Swedes’ work with the Funeral Mist mainman at the mike – particularly ‘Rom 5:12’ and ‘Wormwood’ – to their earlier, more-widely-celebrated material but I’m not so sure about this one.

Apart from the obvious question of where does Funeral Mist end and Marduk begin (and I don’t mean to be pedantic as, obviously, Arioch has a very distinctive voice…), there’s also a definite feeling that Marduk are going through the motions a bit on their latest album.

To my ears, there are a lot more fillers on here than you’d normally get on a Marduk album and the whole thing ultimately sounds a bit monotonous, stale and uninspired. Of course, it’s still Marduk so you know ‘Serpent Sermon’ is going to be better than many other albums released this year. But – selfishly, perhaps – I expected more from one of the all-time greatest Black Metal bands.

In the heel of the hunt, this is a solid enough release, containing three or four genuinely outstanding songs (and at times it borders on the magnificent, especially the stunning bonus track ‘Coram Satanae’). But, when it comes to writing Marduk’s epitaph, I don’t think ‘Serpent Sermon’ is going to be mentioned as one of their most magical hours.

A classic case of a superb band failing to live up to their own incredibly-high standards. Good but not great.

Evilometer: 333/666