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3+/5
DANNEY ALKANA
Rock The Bach
2000
????
guitar neoclassic
I guess every country should have its own guitar virtuoso who is hooked on playing classical music in rock arrangements. Germany has Wolf Hoffmann, Russia - Viktor Zinchuk, the USA - Alex Masi, and now Brazil has Danney Alcana. The problem of all these guitarists is that they work their ass off trying to please both rock fans and classic lovers and end up pleasing none. Their music has always been too rock-oriented for admirers of operas and symphonies and too classical for rockers and metalheads, and I don't remember any guitar neoclassic album becoming a huge hit. The same is the case with Danney. He can indeed handle the instrument, and he indeed has a good taste for classic works, but everything he plays seems to have been played before and moreover appealing to no particular audience. To top it all off, Danney's not the first to rock the Bach in his native country. Another Brazilian guitarrero named Marcos De Ros released an almost identical album yet a year ago. If you've never heard Hoffmann or Zinchuk or (what's very unlikely) even Yngwie Malmsteen, Danney is very likely to please you, but if you've studied their albums throughout, "Rock The Bach" will be nothing more than a disposable piece of entertainment. Three points for the music and 0.5 for the effort. (What about the Great Katt, you poor s.o.b.? ;) -- the ed.) (Maniac)

5/5
CHAOSTAR
Chaostar
2000
Holy Records
black opera
Little did Andrew Lloyd Webber know when he was writing his Jesus Christ Super Star. Well in fact he probably did know a lot, but what he could hardly have predicted was the popularity the genre of rock opera would have in a couple of decades. The examples are many and not only in rock per se, weve already had a death metal opera by Waltari and a sort of a conceptual operatic Crimson issued by Edge of Sanity, now this wave has finally reached the shores of black metal. Surprising? Well not really, if you ask me. Actually, the way things have been developing in this trend something like that was bound to appear sooner or later. I mean, take up what Cradle of Filths been doing for quite some time now. A multitude of their songs especially on the Cruelty and the Beast album were mini-operas, both atmospherically and structurally. Quite seriously, I thought it would be Dani & Co. who were going to be the first to do something like this, but, well, seems like their colleagues from Greece have turned out faster. So whats the deal, with Chaostar? To my greatest regret I havent yet managed to find the lyrics or any sort of a libretto, so the review will only concern the emotional perspective I have of the album. Although, coming to think of it, does one really have to know Italian to enjoy Traviata? I dont think so. Anyways, well, I guess like with any opera it is just a point of liking it or not. Some people like operas, and then it dont really matter whether its Tchaikovsky or Puccini, or Chaostar, for this instance. Some dont - and if this is the case with you, then you neednt read any further. To me, personally, Chaostar were a revelation (if the word is appropriate for black metal) and a great compensation as well. Ill try to explain my point here, when I first heard Waltaris what was it? Die! Die! I was extremely disappointed and discouraged. With all my respect to that Finnish band, their feeble attempt at making a symphonic composition out of death metal was a complete, ultimate and disastrous failure. It was neither death, nor opera. And the main point was not that the orchestra sound was too flat and artificial, and not that the growling was pretty crappy, and even not that the implementation of the idea seemed just too raw and unfinished, it was simply plain dull and boring. And, knowing the potential Waltari had at that period it was also rather depressing to say the least. But, let us return to Chaostar and their absolutely astonishing work. Brilliant. Fantastic. Magnificent. This reminds me of the works of Prokofiev and, probably, Shostakovich. What is even more surprising that there are no live instruments used in the record, only samples. Utterly fabulous. The epithets could continue like that until the end of the Oxford Dictionary of Synonyms. To say that I was moved would have been saying nothing. I was lifted and smashed against the wall with the power only Art in the true meaning of the word can have over a human being. The ominous and majestic beauty of this work is beyond any verbal description. Its like trying to describe, say, the Sistine Chapel. Useless, unless you have seen it. Same would apply to Chaostar. (Troll)

5/5
CRADLE OF FILTH
Midian
2000
Music for Nations
vampiric metal
You know, working in a large and successful corporation myself, I know what it is like being slagged off by all of your weaker competitors, just because you're bigger, richer, and more professional than they are. It has always been that way in any business, and, well, as we all know, music business is no exception. From the first day of their inception Cradle of Filth have been striving towards success, always displaying an urge to become the best of the best. Starting as a small but very ambitious band from some god-forsaken place in England they skyrocketed to the very top, becoming the biggest hype the island has seen since the Beatles. Well, surprise, nobody loves big, and a short period of admiration and slave-like homage was followed by harsh criticism and banal badmouthing. Everyone hates COF, nowadays. Almost as much as everyone hates Metallica. Slagging them off has become a sort of a fashionable must for anyone who consider themselves a heavy music fan. I won't elaborate much on the phenomenon for, in my opinion, it deserves a huge separate article, if not a separate web-site, and besides everything about it is all too obvious. What is also obvious, is that bands like Cradle of Filth usually couldn't give a fuck about what people say. Can't be bothered really. I mean, the way this tendency works, the smaller and the crappier the band the more they hate their more successful rivals, COF for this instance. But the question here is... has anyone come even close to them from the point of view of professionalism in terms of everything starting from the music and production to stage show, image, merchandising and all the other? Righteez, no one. And "Midian", which is now spinning in my rack, is just another solid proof of the fact. Bombastic, atmospheric, heavy and melodic, it is as much of a Cradle of Filth record as no other. Having learned from the experience of the not so successful "Cruelty and the Beast" album, that was just a bit too long and dull, Dani & Co. have this time put more stress on the riffing and drumming aspect of it, moving the keyboards to the back where they're due. As a result the record has become easier to listen to and, should I say, more groovy and upbeat. The malicious rhythm-section attacks and the pounding thick guitars that could have easily complemented the likes of, say, Napalm Death or Cannibal Corpse, make "Midian" the heaviest album ever released by Cradle of Filth. I'm serious, you just listen to the main riff in "Torture Soul Asylum" for instance. The bitch rocks like there is no tomorrow! Pop sell-out? No fragging way, man... (Troll)

4/5
DARK TRANQUILLITY
Haven
2000
Century Media
doom/death/gothic

It seems to me that Dark Tranquillity is striving to become the Celtic Frost of the 90's. They change their music with each album so radically that it's now hard to believe that they once were among the originators of the notorious Gothenburg sound (A-haa! So now I know whose fault it is!!! - the ed.) Now their music is much slower, with dominating keyboards in the tradition of modern gothic metal and doom-like guitar riffs. Michael Stanne's singing has also changed dramatically - yet on the previous disk "Projector" he abandoned black metal screams in favour of traditional doom-death grunts and even added some clean parts. Here clean parts are dropped altogether, black intonations as well, and growling is dominant. Both vocals and music are done great here, but there's one thing that prevents me from giving the album a fiver. By abandoning their previous look, Celtic Frost was coming to something fresh and original every time. Dark Tranquillity, on the contrary, loses its identity with each new record and the band that once created "The Gallery" and "The Mind's I" is almost unrecognisable here. OK, I understand, the Gothenburg sound that Stanne & Co. invented has been done by god-knows-how-many bands since then and Dark Tranquillity see no sense in playing such music anymore. But whether they will find a new audience after such dramatic changes remains a question to me. The limited edition of this album includes five bonus live versions of the songs from "Projector," packed with clean vocals and other stuff that the band dropped by now. The recording quality is fine so you get a good chance to see two stages of Dark Tranquillity's evolution in one package. "Haven" is a very good record after all, only not as original as I expected it to be, and Dark Tranquillity still have all the chances to produce the masterpiece that I am awaiting from them. Maybe next time? (Maniac)

4/5
FLESHLESS
Abhorence of Cadaveric
2000
Obscene Productions
death/grind
Boo! The Czech pack. Fleshless here are like a squad of mercenaries - professional, self-confident, well-trained, heavily armed and very dangerous. Such dudes dont waste their time on cheapo theatrical effects going trigger-happy in a wild clip-emptying frenzy. Let the kids amuse the crowd with this bullshit. A pro, is another thing, a pro takes out one enemy with one shot, possibly two. A pro takes no prisoners. A pro is a pro. The six tracks introduced on this album are more than enough to show everybody who is the master in the house. The fast-paced, permanently progressing death metal attack on Abhorence of Cadaveric makes one wonder whether there is any limit (musically) beyond which these people cannot go. I guess no. If youd have the insane idea to try to count the number of riffs and rhythm shifts put in one song youd most probably end up in the cuckoo farm alongside with the local Einstein and Lobatchevsky. And its not showing off either. The guys just play on some instinctive level, as a result making their songs sound natural, groovy, and tuny. (Troll)

3/5
FOUR SEATS FOR INVALIDES
Biovirus
2000
Epidemic Records
death/grind

It has already become a tradition to speak about two main schools in death metal - the Florida school (the original one) and the Swedish trend (the one that decided to cross death with melodic speed-metal elements). Well, in my humble opinion, the time has come to revise this tradition and introduce certain alterations to it. A new force is on the way, and this force is something better be counted with. I am now talking about the Eastern European school of death metal that has emerged on the remains of the former socialistic camp. Glen Benton once said that Florida was the place to be for death metal since it was hot as hell. Then how about the restricted, police-oppressed, KGB-checked and communist party-controlled societies of the collapsed Warsaw Pact? How is that for death metal? Well, pretty good it seems. Sick and parasite-infested as a communist society is, it became a perfect environment for breeding the germ of the most brutal and aggressive death metal that a human mind can think of. The Czech-based FSFI are a very graphic example of this. Their thick and baleful riffs, infra-low growling, and earth-shaking drums seem to be the essence of every negative emotion ever produced by the race of homo sapiens. All the pain and spite of this world is in this music. Its the Biovirus (Troll)

3/5
GRIEF OF EMERALD
Malformed Seeds
2000
Listenable Records
sympho black
Bo-o-ring. Plain dull. I guess you can never have enough of Dimmu-Borgir clones. Everything on this CD seems to be quite good: the sound, the arrangements, I positively like the screams and the way the guitars are mixed, everything is OK, but for one thing - I am just sick and damn tired of all of these nicely trimmed and polished Swedish metal bands. Its so unbelievably clean and safe. You know, I can forgive a band a lot of things, poor sound quality, stupid lyrics, trendiness, but being predictable is something that is absolutely unacceptable. I cant listen to a record when I know exactly what is going to happen in the next few seconds. It is like watching a Hollywood movie. Yeah, there certainly is a great deal of good moments on this album, especially the slower parts, but, boy, good moments dont make a good record. I mean, frankly, usually for me writing a negative review is fun, but with this one it is more like sad. Because I can see that the musicians have tried to make a high-quality album, putting much effort into their work, trying to add some diversity and complexity to the songs, so as to make the end result... well, listenable. (I know I have already used this pun once, but its not my fault, really, this label just asks for it.) Then again, the fans of the Scandinavian black metal school are bound to like Malformed Seeds and will surely rate it much higher than I do. Lets face it, therere tons of good points about this album (the fact that it was NOT produced by the Tagtgren Bros. is definitely among them ;). So, summing it up, if you dont have an instant spasmodic stomach reaction to Swedish metal you might want to give it a try. (Troll)

3/5
HAEMORRHAGE
Loathesongs
2000
Morbid Records
gore grindcore

Have you ever thought of being grinded, butchered or rotten to the core? Have you ever considered getting a premature autopsy by some fascist pigs? To know what it feels like you should put a new Hemorrhage CD in your player. The band's formation dates back to the early 90's. Five Spanish freaks, probably being unsatisfied with the then musical situation in the morgues, have released their first mustard-piece (of flesh, ha!). The music seemed to be so morbid that the German record label 'Morbid Records' (one of Troll's favorites) signed the contract with the quintet. Well telling the whole history of this gore act here seems a bit purposeless to me, but one thing should in-no-way be omitted - the rhythm guitarist is a lady with a nice name Ana. Oh! How sweet! Sweet as the taste of undercooked human flesh, sweet but a bit bitter. Now the CD - 11 Kill-Rot-Fuck-Die grindcore covers of some of the most extreme bands. To name a few - Defecation, Regurgitate, Impaled Nazarene. The 'Loathesongs'. What a title! Songs, or no - pyosisified cakes of musical blood. Have any of you ever tried to force the sorry remnants of your brain cells to learn some medical English? Now you have an excellent chance' cause the overwhelming part of the album songs seem to be intranslatable without a specialised English-English medical dictionary. Does it remind you of something, or may be somebody or even may be a band? Oh, hell, yeah, Billy Steer & Co., the grind fathers, legendary Carcass are also covered by the Spaniards - 'Pyosisified (Rotten to the Core)'. Other deadly acts covered here include Entombed and... UFO and Cyco Mico & Suicidal Tendencies - well what else can I say? - go and check it out. Musicwise, the guys and their Snowhite (or rather Bloodred ;) seemed to have done their utmost to reproduce the noise of an industrial meat grinder and the vocal patterns are definitely recognizable as being heard on the first Carcass CD's. All-in-all a 'nice' CD for 'nice' die-hard grindfans. (Felix The Katt)

3+/5
THE LORD WEIRD SLOUGH FEG
Down Among the Deadmen
2000
Dragonheart Records
NWOBHM (US edition)

Ever heard about an American band playing NWOBHM? What do you mean bullocks? There is one, honest. I aint talking Manowar either, they are simply heavy metal, not NWOBHM. Okay, okay, its The Lord Weird Slough Feg. Another way of referring to them, could have been the Iron Maiden of the USofA. I first heard of the band back in 1999 when I ran into their Twilight of the Idols album. Back then I was seriously hooked on the Scottish bagpipe music (still am :) so when I heard the intro on that record I purchased it instantly. Well, the intro was damn good, and the rest of the record wasnt bad either. Surely the parallels with the already-mentioned British band were all too obvious but not to the point when it would be irritating or anything, and the manner of singing was quite unique and pleasant too, so what the hell, when I spotted their new release, I thought why not. After all there arent too many bands playing in this key nowadays, so it cant be totally bad, can it? True, fair enough, it is not totally bad. But it is not good either and even not because of the fact that all of the guitar parts are too Maiden-like, I can live with that. But I couldnt hear any difference between this new album and the previous one. Of course, one year is not that long a period of time and one cannot change ones style too much in less than 12 months, but still... just a little a bit? Well, I guess not. Three fists out of five for the high-producing quality and professional play and an extra plus from me personally for the song Troll Pack. ;) (Troll)

4/5
NIFELHEIM
Servants of Darkness
2000
Black Sun Records
true and evil black with rocknroll attitude

Fuck off! Swedens Nifelheim are a response to all of them so-called true and evil teenage posers the size of whose schlongs is inversely proportional to the size of the undercrosses hanging down their thin necks. This music is for real men with real balls, not for some prickless pussies with unsatisfied libido. The sleeve front cover features three leather-and-steel-robed specimens of manliness the only sight of whom will set all who behold them fleeing in panic. Mayhem, death and chaos! Bow down to the new kings of metal! Or something... ;) Seriously, though, I have always respected bands who had enough balls to make fun of themselves. And when this self-irony is coupled with musical talent and a fuck-off attitude, thats it for me. Bands like that usually keep the rest from stagnating basically because they are a little bit too close to the truth, which is not something that is going to benefit them in the future. So not wanting to be made fun of the rest are forced to either develop or become a laughing stock. Im with the stupid. (Troll)

3/5
NIGHTINGALE
I
2000
Black Mark
gothic rock
Sweden's one-time most advanced workaholic Dan Swano is slowing down his activities. It took him four years to complete the third part of the Nightingale trilogy, and I don't think that it is really worth that long a wait. "I" produced a kind of dual impression on me. On the one hand, most musical components of the previous two releases are here as well, but on the other hand, something isn't working right. Probably that's the extra heaviness that was added to the songs, probably that's the sensible lack of trademark Nightingale keyboards, which is especially surprising given that British synthesizer wizard Clive Nolan of prog-rock band Arena wrote a few instrumental parts here. Despite his participation, the main stress is laid on guitar, and keyboards are somewhere in the background. In general, "I" is a good record, and it is nice to hear something new from Nightingale anyway, but it fails to reach the level of the brilliant "Breathing Shadow" and "Closing Chronicles." The good news is, however, that this is not the last record of Nightingale, as it was earlier promised, but I don't really have an idea how long we will have to wait for that one. (Maniac)

5/5
NILE
Black Seeds of Vengeance
2000
Relapse
death/grind
That's fucking bad ass, man, I swear to grudd. To be quite honest, I can't really call myself a major fan of Relapse as a label, since I don't really dig grind that much, but, gotta admit it, every once in a while they would stamp killer records anbd Nile is definitely one of them. The new album of the US grinders takes us again on a journey through the darkest catacombs of Ancient Egypt where mummies and evil ghouls horde each and every corner ready to devour the souls of those who'd dare walk these forbidden paths. Being new to Nile I can't really compare this record to any of their previous releases, so take it like it is. Well the first thing which really struck me was this strange and totally unexpected mixture of dark and atmospheric keyboard passages and choirs and the most violent and malignant death grind you would ever hear. It's very convincing too. When I was listening to the album for the first time I was nearly seeing the pointy ears and sharp fangs of Anubis in the far corner of my room. Like these black shadows dancing on the walls in the light of the torches, mystic symbols carved in stone, bony idols, venomous snakes, high priests of morbid cults and all that, you know. Scary. It is, I ain't kidding. It is meant to be that way. But that's not all yet. I mean all this atmosphere would have been in vein without the music. Chaotic and probably even a bit boring at first sight, Black Seeds of Vengeance turns out to be a highly complex and sophisticated structure. I mean, this is just so much like a pyramid. So primitive and senseless at a first glance - and so consistent and absolute when you try to understand what's underneath. Nile is not your regular gore act with songs about ripped and mutilated entrails and crushed skulls, no way. It's much, much worse (Troll)

3+/5
NYCTOPHOBIC
Insects
2000
Morbid Records
death
I be damned, this German label is definitely becoming one of my all-time favourites. Recently it happened so that I have been exposed to quite a number of their new releases Hypnos, Manos, and Post Mortem, just to name a few. And all of them were pretty cool. Now, Nyctophobic is a highly flammable mixture of European school of death metal a-la early Asphyx and Pestilence and typical American crossover. The first impression I got from Insects was that of some unstoppable force that is coming at you like a fast train and you have only a millisecond to decide whether you want to step aside or be smashed and smeared along the tracks. Well, seemed like an easy decision to me, and now Im still searching for certain parts missing from my body typing this review in betweens. Dirty, aggressive, and uncompromising as a panzer attack, Nyctophobic, are a sure treat for any small club where people come looking for a fight rather than a one-night stand. Bang! Thats called a punch! And you see somebody spitting half of their teeth out on the dance floor. I just love it, man. At the same time, you cant help letting out a sigh of relief when the record is finally over. Too brutal. Even for me. (Troll)

5/5
RAISON DETRE
The Empty Hollow Unfolds
2000
Cold Meat Industry
unmusic ©
I remember seeing this picture once on the net at SnivelingGoat which said No excuse to live - No reason to die. If I were to find a soundtrack to this work, I would most probably go for this album. Ironically the band whose name is literally translated from French as reason to live is very unlikely to give you any. No hope, no light, no hate, no love, no death, no life - nothing. It is just hollow. Hollow and cold. There is no end and no beginning to this journey. The eternal nothing. If you have ever walked into an abandoned house that already shows first signs of decay and deterioration, but all of the things are still in their place, youll know the feeling. You walk along the rooms, and you know that somebody used to live here, but at the same time you cannot believe that any human being could live in this place, and you keep pondering on whatever it was that madeem leave. You are scared. And not because you hear some strange noises that shouldnt be here, or because you are afraid that something is waiting for you round the next corner. No. You know exactly that there is nothing and no one here. And that is why you are scared. The atmosphere of unspeakable desolate sorrow and despair is so overwhelming that you almost feel its heaviness enclose upon you like a casket. You have found the raison detre - it is inexistence... (Troll)

5/5
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES
Free Your Soul... And Save My Mind
2000
Suicidal Records
hard core funk
After the surprisingly poor and dull last years Freedumb release, that made me think the reunion of a band had turned out a complete failure, buying a new ST record did seem kinda pointless to say the least. I wont go as far as saying that I have scratched this once cult act out of my memory, but I definitely felt a lot of scepticism concerning the way they could continue. Boy, I couldnt be more wrong. Cyco and friends are back with what, in my opinion, can be considered their best album since the 1994 Suicidal for Life release. I can only guess as to what might have happened inside the band, but they sound like they have just received a hard shot of adrenaline. Free Your Soul... And Save My Mind rocks like no other. It is so full of pumping energy and freshness, that one wouldnt believe this band is far over 10 years old. Such tracks as Su Casa Es Mis Casa, No More No Less, Pop Songs, and Start Your Brain preceded by the unbearably witty and fabulously funny Cyco Speech could be put alongside such of their older classics as Send Me More Money, Cant Bring Me Down, I Dont Give a Fuck, and No Bullshit any day of the week. All of the songs on the album are precise, up to the point and kick ass exactly the way you would expect an ST song to kick ass. An absolute must-have for all ST fans and those sorry ignorant SOBs who havent heard them yet. Check out. (Troll)

4/5
SOULFLY
Primitive
2000
Roadrunner records
tribal metal

If I was ever to explain the meaning of the set-phrase "what you see is what you get" chances are I would have ended up saying Soulfly's "Primitive" album. You know, when I saw the cover of the record for the first time in the net a couple of months ago I kind of started suspecting something. The suspicion became even stronger after I heard the track "Assassin" downloaded by the Katt from somewhere on the web (yessir, MP3 the almighty). Needless saying, I was not in the least surprised when I finally bought the album and put it in the rack. To be serious, the only thing which is different between "Primitive" and the self-titled debut record is that this one does not have that much tribal elements and songs in strange languages. The rest of it is just exactly as you've imagined it. A big and groovy tuned-down "one-riffer" with a lot of drums and percussion. Max's finest. I don't know. I am still not sure how to rate this. On the one hand, what we have here is an obvious and undoubted self-repetitiveness without even a shade of any musical development. Everything here is the same as it was two years ago. The style, the attitude everything. On the other hand, who gives a damn about lack of development when it still kicks ass! I mean with Cavalera all you need to do is pump the volume and start to fuck shit up. Four fists. Bring da shit! (Troll)

2/5
TRISTITIA
The Last Grief
2000
Holy Records
epic doom metal
Seems like some people are still pretty jealous with the legacy of Quorton Seth and just wont leave it like it is. No way. The way they think about it: if he could do it, then we can surely do it too, right? Well, not quite. What they seem to utterly forget is that Quorton Seth was a pioneer, he was the only one, he was unique. He could never sing, the production quality of his CDs has always been beyond help, he didnt handle the instruments all too well, but he had what is called in business early entrance advantage, or rather first entrance advantage. I mean, look at him, and then look at you. Yessir, Tristitia were careful enough to introduce at least some alterations to their music, making it more in the doom metal key (and inevitably making it even harder to perceive), but the rest of it... Geezuz F. Christ, can you believe these guys. I mean even the structure of the album instantly flashes the name of Bathory, the Blood on Ice album to be precise. Just think about it - a long spoken word intro against the background of howling winds, and then electric and acoustic tracks would go one after another throughout the record. Blood on Ice I tell you. Dont get me wrong, I dont take my joy in slagging a band off, but they ask for it. Tristitias newest simply asks for a comparison with Bahory, and the comparison is not in their favour. The already mentioned doom element that they have added to their music makes the overall impression even worse, because the songs start to seem too long, monotonous, repetitive. And seem is not the right word here, they ARE all that. I am not even speaking about the singing. No, really, if you use a guest vocalist anyway, why not spend some time on finding somebody who knows how to sing. No, they were looking for somebody who would sound like Quorton Seth. Well, congratulations, man! Theyve found him. C-R-A-P. Two fists, for one good instrumental track. (Troll)

4/5
UNLORD
Gladiator
2000
Displeased records
black
Pretty hysterical, to say the least. When this dude came in from the speakers, I thought he was gonna throw up all over the place, know what I'm saying? I am serious though, Satyr and Isahn would go bloody red with envy had they heard this guy screaming. He's just amazing. But well, never mind, this is quite good too, I should say. Although, I did not remember Satyr and Ihsahn for nothing, for Unlord have been obviously influenced by the bands of those two. "Gladiator" does have a lot of early Emperor and Satyricon in it. Then again, I've always said there was a huge difference between ripping somebody off and being inspired by somebody. Unlord have a distinct character of their own, and that's major important. (Dog's got a personality. Personality goes a long way ;) With the current unprecedented and, in many aspects, inexplicable popularity of black metal as a genre, it is becoming harder and harder for musicians not to get lost among literally thousands of other such like bands. The ways of distinguishing oneself from the faceless crowd are plenty. Some try to be as evil as dickens and get themselves into all sorts of weird scandalous newspaper chronicles 90 percent of which are not true. Others would go for the most offensive and abusive cover artworks only to be banned in something like a dozen countries and make people speak about them. Third would try to mix black with, say, trip hop and thus create a unique niche for themselves on the market. But there also is a category who would just play. Spend the whole day practising with their guitar, bass, or whatever they are playing, and just play. Well, Unlord belong to this last category and it shows right away. This is like, you can't really say what is really so special about this band, but when the tape is over, you want to rewind it and listen to it again. You just can't help liking it. Probably it is the sincerity in music that cannot be faked. Or it is the freshness and the primitive raw power. I don't know, I've never met Unlord in person, and most probably never will, but it just seems to me, that these guys simply enjoy what they are doing, and this is already 90 percent of the success. Such people keep the flame burning for the rest of us. They are the workhorses of this goddamn genre. And... they are good musicians too. (Troll)

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