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5.0 out of 5 stars Gnarly!, 17 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Ordo Ad Chao (Audio CD)
Yes, I said gnarly, for gnarly is what this is.

I have to confess that I didn't think that they had it in them to come up with something so dark and horrible, especially considering the competition that Mayhem have nowadays. But I was (un)pleasantly surprised by the claustrophobic horror captured here. The first time I listened to Ordo Ad Chao I was left with a feeling of confusion and excitement, how often do you get to hear a band you like totally throw you, maybe even disappoint you at first, and yet leave you intrigued?

One of the things I really enjoy about this album is how it sounds like an amalgamation of black metal and doom metal all lovingly wrapped up in an avantgarde jumper (like the near psychedelically colorful one your mum made you wear as a kid even though you knew you were destined for supreme black metal evilness... that might just be me). It's just cool man. Another thing that really gets me is how subtle it is, I mean with the musicians involved you'd expect something truly brutal (it is by the way) but what they achieve here is so ultimately mature in it's delivery and craftsmanship that I couldn't believe my ears on repeated listens. Silly me.

The production job is stellar. It is disgustingly muddy and the bass lines of it marks it out as unusual amongst most black metal in one fell blackened swoop. Terrorizer magazine (which you should all read, you have been told) noted how the production put them in mind of the old, classic death metal style with it's murkiness and warm fuzz and I couldn't agree more. It certainly lends the music a really sinister atmosphere which was lacking on their last album and since I believe atmosphere to be as important as songwriting and ideology in black metal this pleased me until the top of my head nearly fell off from my grinning, sorry I meant grimacing.

The tunes are all refreshingly varied, ranging from instrumental weirdness to awesome doom-outs (complete with gothy gloomathon miserableness) to absolute black metal stormers, but it retains the same musical themes throughout, complemented by the Biblical like end of the world lyrics. Of course the performances by the individuals involved are terrific, Hellhammer is as interesting and tight as ever, Blasphemer works wonders, Necrobutcher shines courtesy of the production and Attila impresses as ever with his strangled cat noises.

Well done boys.
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Initial post: 14 Apr 2009 18:50:06 BDT
Nick D says:
'Necrobutcher shines courtesy of the production'

Actually, Necrobutcher did not play on this album.
Blasphemer played all guitar and bass on Ordo Ad Chao. ;)
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