The gods of speed-driven blasphemy are back with
a new opus. Over the years Dark
Funeral has earn the reputation of being one of the fastest brands of
black metal. Extreme speed driven black metal is what they are all about.
Insane blast beats are trademarks as are the rapid, fire-blazing riffs.
I was lucky enough to have seen them on their trek over to the U.S. a few
years ago at New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. They had a great stage
presence and were the talk of the evening…it was quite a performance.
Anyhow, that amazing furious pace they play at is demonstrated in the first
track “King Antichrist.” One of the best tunes on the disc and
definitely a great way to start off a new album! It continues with “666
Voices Inside”, and other worthy tunes like “Angel Flesh Impaled”
and “Final Ritual.” Vocals seem a little more on the raw or
experimental side than previous, not like that is a bad thing. There is
more variation in his voice, which kind of goes along with the different
variations the music presents; it’s a more fresh sound. A couple noteworthy
people helped out with this disc. Gustav Helm (ex-Meshuggah) from their
home country of Sweden makes a guest appearance on the album. And Daniel
Bergstrand produced the disc, so you can see it was in good hands. No cheap
one minutes songs on this disc. Eight tracks, that each last between four
and half and six minutes in length, total for nearly forty-three minutes
and were recorded at Dug Out Studios. In my opinion this is up there with
their better albums. If you are a true black metal fan or one of Dark Funeral’s
unholy horde I highly recommend this record.
Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins