Marduk - Plague Angel (Blooddawn/Candlelight) - Back
Marduk's ninth full-length, "Plague Angel", is yet another uncompromising step to helldom. The black metal Swedes have taken their speed-derived aggression a little more seriously this time. With 11 tracks and nearly 45 minutes of black metal tyranny, this reminds me of their "Panzer Division Marduk" album with a couple breaks in speed here and there. That is also very good because the pace isn't really lost by the demoralizing and often questionable direction of the songs. Plague Angel also reintroduces some of the older, more melodic textures as well. With songs like "Perish in Flames" and "Blutrache". It is much more of a favorable Marduk, with break-neck speed gashing like with "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" and "Everything Bleeds"!! There is even an instrumental interlude called "Deathmarch" that certainly delivers a spectrum of warlike atmosphere. Indeed, many bands accomplish much and change their direction and forget the reasons why they were noticed in the first place. Marduk, however, are relentless in their attack! They progress like any band, but never lose their luster. A Marduk fans' symphonaire!

Rating: 90

Reviewed By: Thomas Mitchell