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!
Reviewed By: Thomas