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Arising Realm
Arising Realm
Price: 13.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arising Realm - the rise of Ragnarok to a new level., 12 Jun 2003
This review is from: Arising Realm (Audio CD)
You must buy this album. Here are some reasons why.
The "Arising Realm" line-up is the same as on the "Nattferd" album, with Thyme on vocals, Jerv on bass, Jontho on drums and Rym on guitar. However, a special appearance from Shagrath of Dimmu Borgir on synth makes this album very special.
The album open's with "Intro", a beautiful instrumental played by Shagrath, 2 minutes of genius. A crack of thunder follows and Ragnarok burst into the second song, "God is Wasted"; pure, heavy, satanic, raw metal, and probably the best song on the album.
The satanic theme continues through the album. The lyrics are violent, gory and loathing Christianity ("The Fall of Christianity" is a good example of this).
This superb display of ever-changing, heavy, melodic, angry, melancholic, Satan-glorifying music is what all black metal fans were put on this earth for. From Intro to Outro, Ragnarok fail to drop the very high standard in the slightest. Buy this album, there is no way you could be disappointed.

Det Som Engang Var
Det Som Engang Var
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Price: 26.75

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Varg is a genius, 5 Jun 2003
This review is from: Det Som Engang Var (Audio CD)
As soon as you see this album, you know you're in for a treat.
Simply just looking at the detailed, pained and thought-provoking album cover begins to give you an idea of what the CD is going to be like. The first track "Den onde kysten", sets a moody, emotional scene, before "Key to the Gate", with brilliant double-kicking, beautifully constructed guitar parts and the tortured screams, full of emotion and perfectly suiting the lyrics. Every song just compliments the next, and it is mesmorising listening.
Unlike a lot of black metal, Burzum doesn't follow formulaic black metal song patterns: this is pure, heart-felt, original black metal. If you like music like Darkthrone, Mayhem, Absurd or Craft, Burzum is definitely worth checking out.

In Nomine Satanas
In Nomine Satanas

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Nomine Satanas, 18 Nov 2002
This review is from: In Nomine Satanas (Audio CD)
This is the first and only album featuring singer/guitarist Lord Arcamous, who left the band in mid-2002. "In Nomine Satanas" is an incredibly well-worked album, with crunching riffs, satanic screams and gloriously rapid drum beats.
This is the first Ragnarok album not to have keyboards incorporated in the music, which is good as they have made a trully raw black metal album, but fans of the "old" Ragnarok ie. Nattferd and Arising Realm albums, may have to listen twice to just believe it's the same band!
Compared to earlier albums, Ragnarok have improved incredibly. Songs to listen out for are "In Nomine Satanas", "Crowned the Prince of Darkness" and "Angel Corpse", all incredible pieces of devastating black metal. Fans of Marduk and Dark Funeral should definitely check this out.

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