Firstly we're treated to a somewhat amusing intro of dark, ceremonious "Ahhhhh"s, a Satanic ritual in musical form, which I couldn't help but to laugh at simply for how heavily clichéd it sounds. Indeed, Kathaarian Life Code starts with the sound of perfectly executed high-speed double-kick drumming, and distorted, high-treble guitar sounds, forming a blisteringly fast, evil sounding piece, the lack of production really complementing the mix - the album sounds chillier than icecaps. The vocals really are the icing on this dark, dark cake - shrieks of hatred marinated in reverb come tearing out of your speakers. The downsides to this album are so few I've had trouble finding any, but if I had to list any I'd state that: A) taping the intro to the album at the end and just adding a fade out was just plain lazy B) sometimes the attempts to sound Satanic and evil, well, just come across as if they're trying too hard. For instance, there's a part in Kathaarian Life Code where the screaming is abandoned for a yell of "Ahaha! It's a true place of evil!", which made me laugh out loud the first time I heard it. Since then, of course, I've come to know the whole album rather well, and I'd say it contains some truly great Black Metal; perhaps the highlight of the album is, for me, the song A Blaze In The Northern Sky, though there isn't a bad track on here. If you happen to appreciate Black Metal at all, then this is definitely an, if not THE, album for you.
Evil never sounded so great, or so viscerally exciting.